In these troubling times, it is more important than ever to know what you are getting for your money. With that in mind, iGym are introducing a new blog series dedicated to helping you get the most out of every dollar, but not at the cost of your health.
Looking after yourself should not be unaffordable, so in the next few posts we will be discussing topics including nutrition and saving money on your groceries, free extras you can access at no cost, plus discounts that could save you big bucks.
Today, we are looking at the dreaded doctor visits. Bulk-billing doctors seem to be few and far between, and even if you can get an appointment with one, treatments and prescriptions usually cost money we weren’t planning on spending. Days off work while you’re sick can quickly add up and take a toll on your workload and your mental health, and if you get sick too often you may find yourself on leave without pay.
If you have been following the blog for a while, you will already know that going to the gym can help drastically reduce your chances of obesity and related complications, including heart disease; but did you know that working out can also help stop you from getting the common cold as well?
Studies have shown that when you exercise, physical activity and labored breathing can help flush out disease-causing bacteria from your lungs and airways. This bacteria causes many airborne and respiratory illnesses, including colds and flus! If that alone was not reason enough to book your next PT session, it has also been shown that the rise in body temperature following intense exercise prevents bacteria from growing and reproducing, which not only stops you from getting sick, it can also help you recover faster. This is comparable to your body bringing on a fever.
Working out also causes antibodies and white blood cells to change. White blood cells help to detect and fight off illnesses. Studies around these changes are still ongoing, but it is posited that the changes and increased circulation may mean your body can detect and repel disease earlier than it would if you did not exercise regularly.
Going to the gym also releases endorphins (commonly known as the “happy hormone”) while also reducing the release of the stress hormone! Being stressed and rundown is a one-way ticket to getting sick and can have long-term negative impacts on your mental health. iGym is also a wonderful social hub of friendly staff and members, which is great for reducing anxiety and will leave you feeling healthy and refreshed after every visit.
See our previous blog post here about all the serious (and seriously expensive) long-term health issues that you help to prevent with your gym membership. https://igym247.com/making-health-a-habit/