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Fight Coronavirus with Exercise - Part 4

Don Mackintosh Allen Lloyd
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  • March 26, 2020
    11:30 AM
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[DON MACKINTOSH] Hi, I’m Don Mackintosh. Welcome back to our “Total Community Immunity” series, part of Total Community Involvement. We’re trying to help you in the community boost your immunity. And with us today is Dr. Neil Nedley. He’s the president of Weimar Institute and a practicing physician, especially in internal medicine, and you take care of the critically ill. And when they are in the hospital, they’re probably in the ICU, and they’re probably not exercising, but we’re going to talk about exercise today.


[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Yes, exercise is something that can prevent you from ever going to the ICU, particularly if you come in contact with COVID-19. And we actually recommend the best time for exercise is early in the morning and it be aerobic. The air is freshest then, and it’s also been shown to actually improve your metabolism, and you’re actually able to make more muscle when you do it fasting in the morning, pre-breakfast.


[DON MACKINTOSH] Is that right? So, get out there early.


[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Get out there early. And it can also have some immune positive effects. In fact, diabetics are well known to have a compromised immunity, and even in diabetics it’s been shown that exercise in the morning will help their sensitivity to insulin throughout the entire day. When they really do it vigorously, and they get that good aerobic workout. It could be brisk walking, it could be running combined with walking, it could be bicycling, it could be swimming, but it’s the rhythmic exercise. I did 4.5 miles this morning myself, pre-breakfast.


[DON MACKINTOSH] How long did you go, and how long should a person go? What’s the least amount they could go to get benefit, and how long should they average go?


[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, the least amount they can go and get benefit if it’s vigorous is actually eight minutes. Studies have shown an eight-minute exercise is better than none whatsoever. And, you know, you can run a mile in eight minutes. And so, that would be the least. And then as far as where you get the most benefit, the more exercise, the better the benefit, up to particularly three hours, but where that starts to taper off as far as its exponential benefit is after an hour.


So, I normally recommend for busy people to get one hour of aerobic exercise a day. And since I was running in the mountains and uphill, you know, I did that 4.5 miles in a little less than an hour today.


[DON MACKINTOSH] Wow. So, any other tips on exercise? Any kind of clothing you should wear or any kind of equipment people need to get?


[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, I say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. And so, don’t use the weather as an excuse. Have the right clothing to go out in all sorts of weather. And also, of course, even exercise post meal is okay, you know, particularly for diabetics. It can keep the blood sugars and the postprandial blood sugars under control. But I’ve noticed, for a lot of people, if they don’t get it in the morning pre-breakfast, they’re not getting it at all that day; there are just a lot of things that come up. And exercise is one of those things we should prioritize for our immune system.


[DON MACKINTOSH] Okay, thank you so much. And it looks like we have our marching or our running orders here today, Dr. Nedley. By the way, is it better to exercise with someone else, or is that something you should do alone?


[DR. NEIL NEDLEY] Well, either way is fine, but the problem with doing it with someone else is sometimes we’re dependent on them, and if they’re not going to do it, then we’re not either. And so, yeah, it’s great to socialize. You know, for myself, I, most of the time, do it alone, but not quite alone because I have a little recorder reading devotional material to me as I am doing my exercise, and you’re getting a double benefit that way.


[DON MACKINTOSH] You know, that’s exactly what I do. I put on my headphones, and I probably listen to five or ten sermons a week. And, you know, when people say, “Well, I can’t go with you today,” I’m okay with that because I’m exercising, but I’m also listening to God’s Word and being revived.


And, by the way, this program is not just about what the doctor can do for you at the ICU or the hospital, but it’s about you with God’s help can do for yourself. So, thanks for joining us.


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