by Spencer Tatum, THP Founder and Performance Director
If there are two pieces of advice we should all adhere to right now it’s: stay healthy and stay home. One of the best ways to take advantage of the suddenly exorbitant amount of time you may be spending at home is by continuing to practice a healthy lifestyle. Watching your fave movie, diving into a new book and trying out new hobbies are all great ways to preserve your mental health but there’s nothing better than physical activity to keep your mind and body right, especially during challenging times. No matter what type of exercise you choose, here are some big benefits to staying active at home.
Boost the Immune System
The key to a strong immune system is to keep the body moving. At THP, we always tell our clients that even as little as 20 minutes of exercise a day can boost the immune system and prevent you from getting sick. Exercise affects our body’s antibodies and white blood cells, which is what our immune systems use to fight off disease and infections.
Strengthen the Lymphatic System
Daily exercise will help strengthen the lymphatic system, which is a crucial part of the immune system. The lymphatic system recognizes cell mutations in the body which produces additional cells that fight off disease and flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways.
Improve your Mental Health and Mood
While exercise is clearly beneficial for our physical health, it also helps our mental and emotional wellbeing. Movement releases our body’s endorphins, which in effect triggers the brain to produce positive and encouraging feelings. All of our clients at THP leave in a better mental state than when they first walked in the door. This works the same way at home. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, a quick workout can be the cure.
Get Vitamin D
Even when we’re staying home, it’s still important to get your daily dose of Vitamin D. Be strategic about the time of day you exercise. The best time to do a workout and get Vitamin D is during the morning when the sun is up and shining. A good rule of thumb is to check your shadow. If your shadow is shorter than your height, then that is a prime time to get Vitamin D. Do your at-home workout next to a window or in the backyard where the sun is bright or consider taking a walk or run around the block.
During your time at home, be sure to stay active and prioritize your health. Whether you choose to do an intense HIIT sesh in your living room or just take a brisk walk around the neighborhood, daily exercise can make a huge difference in your overall health and wellness.
About Spencer Tatum
Spencer Tatum is the founder and performance director of THP, an individualized training company for clients and coaches. Spencer’s unique approach to ﬁtness, performance training and coaching stems from his experience as an elite college athlete and the pain of injuries. As much pain and fulﬁllment came from playing in college, it also brought a tremendous amount of learning and inspiration to develop a diﬀerent way of looking at the human body. This caused Spencer to dive into learning how to optimize the human body and he found his calling to develop THP. THP provided him the motivation to get his degree in exercise physiology from Ohio University and numerous certiﬁcations in diﬀerent disciplines. He has taken this approach to clients at all physical levels, from youth to elite athletes. Spencer is now a leader and innovator in the ﬁeld. He developed a unique niche in the sports world, especially in golf, being named one of the Top 50 Best Golf Fitness Trainers in the country by Golf Digest and winning a National Championship with the ASU golf team.