A woman sits on an exercise mat stretching after a workout at AR Fit Factory in North HollywoodFitness training is part of a balanced approach to a long and active life. Your heart benefits from some cardio work. Muscles live to be strong and flexible. And your bones are the framework that keeps everything in line.

Along with the strength and vitality of a finely tuned body comes a healthy immune system. There are a few reasons regular training boosts the immune system and allows for rapid recovery from illness.

Here are a few ways you boost your immune system through fitness training:

1. Work it out.

Whether it’s bootcamp, HIIT, or strength training, you maintain a machine with many moving parts when you work out. Without training, our body can be like a car that sits without running. The system can be overrun simply by being idle for too long. Often when a cold or flu comes along, the difference between fighting it off or being down for the count relies on how often you move, breathe, and process the environment you live in. Bacteria and viruses are attracted to a body that isn’t fueled or maintained properly. When something can cause a problem in the system, work it out by training regularly. Healthy blood flow and expanded lung capacity come from challenging your body. And while sweat isn’t much of a detox method, it lets you know you’re doing what needs to be done for your health.

2. Get confident.

Stress has long been known to weaken the immune system and allow poor lifestyle choices to creep in. A great side effect of regular physical training is confidence and a positive attitude. Each time you challenge yourself and see it through to the end, there is a sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with effort. This mindset of choosing a challenge and facing it with full effort breeds a desire to keep the body in tune and avoid situations that may put you at risk for illness. Late nights, poor food choices, and overzealous celebrations on a continuous basis lead to weakened immunity and poor performance. When you get a taste of what your body can do in top condition, you’ll want to do whatever it takes to keep that feeling.

3. Create a loop of wellness.

The more you get into your preferred workout activity, the more the body will ask for better fuel and proper rest. You begin to experience a feedback loop of wellness that grows stronger with each passing day. The harder you train, the better you get. The better you get, the more you want to improve. The more you want to improve, the more you will do the things that help you perform at your highest level.

At AR Fit Factory in North Hollywood, we offer affordable, convenient, 30-minute boot camps that challenge you and lead to results. To learn more about the programs and classes we’re currently offering, contact us today.