People who are lonely experience more reactivation of latent viruses in their systems than the well-connected. Lonely people also are more likely than others to produce inflammatory compounds in response to stress, a factor implicated in heart disease and other chronic disorders. Both, in different ways, indicate that the immune system is a little out of whack,” said study researcher Lisa Jaremka, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State University College of Medicine.
The lonely body
Researchers have been interested in immune links to loneliness because feeling socially disconnected is associated with poor health and chronic disease. These health connections have been made several times in research including the ‘Dunedin study’ which is closely studying the development of 1000 individuals born in Dunedin in 1972.
People who feel socially connected are experiencing positive outcomes.
So this begs the questions which type of exercise is best, isolated or group?
If you look at the health implications that research has proved are connected to being more isolated, then not only can group exercise benefit your fitness, it can also benefit your health too: 2 for the price of 1!
Get down to a n exercise class next week: science says so!