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International Journal of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


Exercise for Maintaining Immunity during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mini Review
Volume 1 - Issue 1

Katsuhiko Suzuki*

ABSTRACT

Immune strength is one of the vital factors when a specific medicine or vaccine has not been developed. Although people may not be exercising enough owing to the “Stay Home” policy aimed at preventing the spread of infection, the decrease in daily physical activity will lead to increased incidence of metabolic syndrome and chronic inflammation. On the other hand, exhaustive exercise/training induces stress hormones and immunosuppressive cytokines, both of which reduce immune functions. Therefore, exercises aimed at enhancing immune strength should be of moderate intensity, ranging from light-intensity exercises to those that border on getting individuals out of breath within an hour; they are to be practiced more than three times per week for physical training adaptation.