Health Clubs increase immune system function
Katelyn Sander

Health Clubs increase immune system function

Living Well

Gotcha on that title, didn’t I?!

And it’s true.

Regular exercise is a pillar of healthy living. There’s evidence to support that it contributes directly to better immune system function:

  • Any single bout of physical activity is sensed by your body as a physiological stressor. As such, your body suddenly floods your blood stream with specialized, powerful immune cells. Pathogens are more easily detected and destroyed.
  • Regular aerobic exercise increases capillarization and circulation. This allows these specialized immune cells to move through the body even more effectively.
  • Frequent exercise often enhances immune responses to viral antigens.
  • Being physically active may limit or delay immunological aging. (Yet another way exercise keeps us young!)

While years ago, we worried that exercise – especially intense and/or long duration and/or too frequent exercise in fact harmed the immune system function, we now know that this is seldom the case. Lack of sleep, rest, recovery, and/or poor nutrition are typically the culprits. Not exercise. The increase in sickness seen after marathons and other sporting events is likely due to shoulder to shoulder and face to face interactions between hundreds if not thousands of athletes.

Speaking of human interaction, that’s the other amazing way Health Clubs increase immune system function – social interaction. Yes – even at 2 metres apart, social support – smiles, conversations, group workouts – boosts immune system function.

So, get ready to get back to the gym! Keep your distance. Wash your hands. Sweat & smile. Repeat.

Inspiration of the Day

“… gyms are relatively low-risk places for catching the [Corona] virus.” - Huw Edwards, CEO ukactive (August 25th, 2020)

Live Workouts of the Day

Today we’ve got a couple of live workouts on the schedule.


Today, Matt’s bringing you your lunchtime pick-me-up! This workout will focus on the shoulder, hip, and ankle, moving you through a full range of motion. There will be additional stability work for the glutes and core included!

No equipment needed this week!

Join Matt at 12:00pm (35 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 892 2779 8538
Password: 903005


Garth’s back with another week of On Core, where you’ll challenge your core and stabilize your trunk in just 30 minutes!

Recommended equipment: light/medium dumbbell or weighted object (water bottle, book, etc.)

Join Garth at 5:30pm (30 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 868 1155 7138
Password: 998132


Click here to review this week’s schedule.

If you have any questions about our virtual live workouts, please reach out to Lauren.

Trainer Moves of the Day

Bring your favourite equipment into your home!

Many of you have expressed your desire to get back into the Club to use all the incredible toys. We are almost ready to welcome you back. Until then, our trainers are getting serious about giving you everything you need from the convenience of your own home.

Brandon Bernick has taken one of our favourites, the Seated Trunk Rotation, and explains how and why this particular exercise is so effective. He then gets really creative and shows you how to get all the benefits of this dynamic movement…without the machine!

Brandon can help you figure out how to replicate many of your favourite moves. Connect with him here to ask him to create a custom workout just for you.

Webinar of the Week

This Thursday (at 11:00am), join Dr. Melissa Cugliari for her virtual webinar: Thirsty for a deeper understanding of how to hydrate?

You already know that humans are ~65% water, that water is essential to life, and that our cells rely on optimal hydration to function. But hydration isn’t necessarily just about drinking more water.

Many of us move through our days in a state of low-grade dehydration without realizing it. Symptoms can include brain fog, afternoon fatigue, poor memory, hormonal dysregulation, insomnia, increased appetite and weight gain, and much more.

Here are some important questions to ask yourself:

  • How much water a day is really necessary and is warm or cold water best?
  • How do sodas affect my health? If I drink 4-5 cans of diet coke a day should I be concerned?
  • What are the pros/cons of drinking coffee vs. tea?
  • What foods are the highest in water content?
  • Are there subtle signs of dehydration I should watch for?

In this session, Dr. Cugliari will discuss the ins and outs of how to hydrate efficiently through fluid intake, diet, and lifestyle choices.

Click here to sign-up for the webinar.


Do you have a “Something of the Day” you’d like us to share?! Email Meg.

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