Anti-Inflammation Lifestyle: Consistent Exercise
Regular, moderate exercise helps to reduce acute inflammatory responses, allowing for faster healing. Exercise has also been found to decrease chronic inflammation. The more physically fit a person is, the fewer inflammatory chemicals his body produces. So not only do regular exercisers heal faster when injured, they also have less risk for chronic diseases, and their bodies maintain better function. Talk about improving quality of life!
If you’re in pain, it’s tempting to skip exercise, but exercise may help reduce pain and improve your quality of life.
That doesn’t mean it’s easy, but keep in mind that there is an exercise for almost everybody out there. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program and discuss ways to manage your pain so that you are able to participate in activities.
Consider walking, swimming, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, simple stretching, light weight and strength training, and aerobic exercises (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, etc). Start slow and you’ll be amazed how much better you can feel.