It’s important that we’re making sure our immune systems are working at full capacity, especially during cold and flu season and for those recovering from COVID-19. Follow these tips from Coach Lisa to make sure you’re keeping your immune system in tip-top condition.

1. H20

Our bloodstream is our biological “superhighway” – literally circulating nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. And in fact, the bloodstream is how our immune cells travel to find and fight off pathogens. This means that when our blood volume is compromised our immune system is too, so drink up peeps!

2. Exercise

Put simply, exercise helps immune cells perform more effectively – it increases circulation (to help the super highway be that much more super), reduces stress and inflammation, and can strengthen antibodies. I’ll meet you by the squat rack yeah?!

3. Sleep

Consistent sleep (of 7 to 8 hours a night) strengthens our immune system. Whereas sleeping problems (sleep apnea, insomnia etc.) can interfere with the immune system’s optimal functioning. So put down your phone, switch off the tv and get those Zzzzz’s!

4. Fresh fruit & veg

Eating a wide variety of whole foods (whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, clean proteins) can help give your body the vital nutrients it needs to fight off infection, while eating a lot of refined sugar and processed grains do the exact opposite. Even more reason to stay on track with your eating habits.

5. Sunlight

With regards to vitamin D, the best way to get it is not from food or even supplements but rather from direct sunlight. Now I know we live in Manchester but aim to get around 15mins a day to help optimise your vitamin D production. Go outside for a walk and get your steps in at the same time!