Immune system health is on everyone’s minds these days, and it is therefore even more important than ever to stay on track of your health and fitness. During times like these, it can be easy to lose focus on your health and wellness goals and let panic, fear and uncertainty take over. While we know that washing your hands and not touching your face are critical, there are a number of other, less-talked-about ways that you might be sabotaging your immune system.
1. Too Much Sitting
The average American now spends a minimum of 6 to 8 hours a day in a sedentary state-most often watching TV and behind a computer or phone. Too much sitting doesn’t just put you at risk for problems like weight gain and posture issues- it’s now considered to be as dangerous as smoking, and can negatively impact immune system health and function.
Try This: If working at a computer, stand up and do 10-20 sit-to-stand squats at least once every hour; Aim to get out for walks as often as possible; Work gentle yoga into the mix, focusing on grounding postures like Mountain Pose, Warrior II, Child’s Pose and Corpse Pose.
Having a pessimistic mindset can actually depress your immunity. Studies have shown that people with a more positive mindset experience a more robust immune system system response.
Try This: Be prepared for whatever life throws at you, but don’t panic; Write down three things you’re grateful for – and hopeful for -every morning; Think about people who bring a lot of light to your life. Send them a note letting them know they make a positive difference in your life.
Fear signals danger to our bodies, setting up a fight, flight or fear response that can send a shock wave through the body, including your immune system
Try This: Be aware, but don’t be fearful; Use prayer or meditation for focus and faith; Retrain your body for diaphramatic breathing. Fear can prompt shallow chest breathing.
Stay well, and know that we are in this together. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.