Knowing that there are now vaccines against COVID-19 gives us some sense of relief, a welcome change from the uncertainty we felt last year. Sure, what we currently know about the vaccines may be limited, but we’re hoping that inoculation would be a step to reclaiming space outside our home.
Among the questions foremost in our mind about these vaccines: How effective are they? Will my body respond positively to them? Are there side effects?
According to a report in The New York Times, exercise may boost vaccine response. A study conducted among athletes suggested that physical ability increased their response to flu shots. Research published in the National Library of Medicine also claimed that people who had exercised before getting flu shots enhanced the vaccine’s efficacy.
Additional research from Saarland University in Germany drew blood from athletes and discovered that they had “more pronounced immune response,” because of strengthened immune systems due to training. Researchers found similar results among athletes who exercised right before getting a vaccine and those who train regularly.
While more studies are needed before making final claims regarding the direct correlation between exercise and vaccine effectivity, what we know for now is that there’s no harm in increasing physical activity to boost our immune system. Making time for exercise, regardless of their effects on vaccines, is still a healthy practice.
Here are five dance exercises you can try for a start.
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