2. Goal-Focused Exercise

While many assume goal-focused exercise is all about weight loss, research shows fitness practices can boost the immune system in at least four ways. Exercise speeds up the response time of antibodies, enabling them to detect illnesses faster and maybe even prevent them. It also slows the release of stress, which can lead to illness, and doctors believe that the body's thermogenic response to exercise wards off infection. Finally, research shows that while moderate exercise improves immunity, it can also rid the body of respiratory infections.

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