November 2016 \\ Exercise
Most of us agree that it feels good to be physically active and yet it can be so difficult to find the motivation. But if we knew the compelling evidence as to how beneficial exercise is, it might help us to find the motivation.
Exercise can reduce inflammation in the body's tissues. Inflammation is the main reason for chronic diseases.
During recent decades our lifestyle has changed dramatically in the sense that we get a lot less exercise than we used to. The increasing urbanisation and mechanisation of the world has reduced our levels of physical activity. According to WHO estimates more than 60% of the global population is not sufficiently active (1).
Our sitting lifestyle increases our risk of getting Diabetes 2 significantly, it decreases our bone mass and it increases our risk of cardiovascular diseases. Moreover our brain doesn’t get the necessary blood flow and our mood can be affected by the lack of endorphins coming from a physical active life. Research has shown that sitting for more than eight hours a day raises your risk of type 2 diabetes by 90 percent! (SOURCE)
Every time we are physically active, the muscles produce myokines which have a direct anti-inflammatory effect. So exercise is essential to a healthy life and prevents us from chronic diseases due to its anti-inflammatory benefits.
There is enormous evidence supporting the anti-inflammatory effects of exercise. In fact, not exercising is one of the single greatest factors that cause the inflammatory process to begin. In other words, you don’t suffer from inflammation randomly – it is caused in large part from living being inactive. Just 30 minutes daily has been proven effective for weight loss and anti-inflammatory effects (2)