More good news on the exercise front! Exercise should never be just about losing weight or toning your body. Exercise should be more about getting stronger, creating more flexibility, and adding endurance and energy to your life every day. It’s all about creating a healthy body which will be there for you – for the long haul.
As important as it is to feel good about your body on the outside, it’s even more important to feel good about what’s going on, on the inside – where it counts. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has shown that an increase in exercise can reduce inflammation in the body. Researchers at the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found that there is a independent relationship between heart rate recovery and C-reactive protein in older adults.
In the last few years inflammation has been linked to a variety of diseases – mainly heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, “Inflammation is the process by which the body responds to injury or an infection. Laboratory evidence and findings from clinical and population studies suggest that inflammation is important in atherosclerosis. This is the process in which fatty deposits build up in the inner lining of arteries.”
As is the case with most preventative measures to ensure good health, inflammation should be treated by lifestyle change. Losing unhealthy body fat, controlling diabetes, controlling high blood pressure, reducing alcohol intake and stop smoking!
SO next time you’re out on your morning walk and sweatin’ up a storm, just remember that you might actually be cooling things down on the inside. Here’s to your health!