Exercise As Medicine
Find new ways to move and beat inflammation.
The second instalment in our MPG Fitness + Wellness Guide focuses on how to reduce inflammation symptoms.
Walking for inflammation, when studied in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, is associated with reduced disease activity, improved cardiovascular fitness, and improved innate immune functions, in addition to reduced infection risk and inflammatory outcomes.
A 30-minute bike ride, whether mobile or stationary, consisting of a 5-minute warm-up, 5-minute cool down, and 20-minute moderate intensity, can decrease inflammatory symptoms.
3. Resistance Training
Although research has shown long-term resistance training has significant potential to prevent and delay chronic inflammation issues, the studies also indicate adequate rest and recovery periods are crucial to ensuring the inflammation doesn’t become worse in severity. If you’re going to hit the weights, don’t ignore your rest days.
If day-to-day stress is the cause of your inflammation, a connection which has been well documented, engaging in yoga practice not only has a positive effect on your mental health by reducing stress levels and anxiety, that calmer psychological state can, in turn, reduce inflammation.