If there were ever a time to start responding to those voices in your head telling you to exercise, the time is now.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that daily exercise has its benefits, from reducing the risk of disease, to having a healthier heart.
Recent studies at the University of California now show that just a single work-out session can also act as an anti-inflammatory, which is good news for those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia and even obesity.
“Each time we exercise, we are truly doing something good for our body on many levels, including at the immune cell level,” says senior author, Suzi Hong, in the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine.”
Researchers are familiar with the anti-inflammatory benefits of exercise, but finding out how the process happens is crucial to maximizing those benefits safely.
The study included 47 participants walking on a treadmill for 20 minutes at a speed based on their level of fitness. Blood was collected before and immediately after the exercise.
Results showed that no matter what the intensity of the exercise was, changes were present in the concentrations of the inflammatory protein, TNF, which produces an anti-inflammatory cellular response throughout the body.
Inflammation is an important role for the body’s immune response. It’s the body’s way of recovering from injury, preventing infections, and repairing damaged tissue.
However, chronic inflammation can have its consequences and contribute to heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and other conditions.
Exercise is often omitted in a lot of people’s day-today routines because people see the gym as an intimidating place. But you don’t have to deadlift 500 pounds or engage in intense some activity.
These studies proven that a simple 20 minute walk is enough to start a healthier lifestyle.