So you can imagine how these inflammatory markers coursing through your veins over a long period of time can have harmful effects on your body. It can also help us understand why chronic inflammation is what leads to the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Something as simple as stress can be the cause of an inflammatory response – that’s why we often feel both the psychological and physiological effects of stress.
Luckily for us though, science has repeatedly shown how exercise directly counteracts this!
Before we dive into the intricacies of the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise, let’s understand why moving our bodies is so important. As we all know, exercising regularly comes with a long list of benefits. This comes with being more physically active too, but what’s the difference between the 2 terms?
Exercising is intentionally moving your body, in an aim to improve or maintain physical fitness. Being physically active, on the other hand, means sitting down less and moving your body more. It’s no surprise that physical activity lowers the risk of all-cause mortality.
So how much should we be moving exactly? To meet the recommended ACSM Guidelines of exercise per week, we should complete 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise per week, and complete muscle strengthening activities twice per week.
This may sound daunting at first, but it’s easier than you think to integrate those important minutes into your week, trust us. With a few simple habit enhancers, you’ll be feeling its benefits in no time!