Previously, we have addressed the impact of chronic inflammation on our health and ways to decrease inflammation. In this blog, we will focus on the health benefits of exercise and movement.
Today many people have a lifestyle that is sedentary and lacks physical activity. This is due, in part, to the fact that more and more people have desk jobs that require little physical movement. While this is somewhat out of our control, we must understand that inactivity will always have a negative effect on our health.
Exercise and movement have a positive, healthy impact on brain function and, therefore, our overall health. Lack of movement leads to weight gain and adipose (fat) tissue which causes inflammation in our body. In addition, there is a link between inactivity and anxiety/depression. Aside from all the research that supports this, common sense tells us that exercise and activity are important to our health and well being.
So what should you do if you find yourself in the sedentary lifestyle category? First, take an inventory of your current physical activity. Second, if physical activity is lacking, try to add 20-30 minutes per day of some type of exercise. This can be intense physical activity, taking a walk in the morning or evening, or a combination of several different kinds of activities. The goal is to be intentional about increasing exercise and movement.
Regardless of where you are now, just try to add some activity and, above all, stay committed. If you can add a physical activity or exercise you really enjoy you will automatically increase your chances for success. Many people find exercise more enjoyable (and will be more likely to stick with it) if they can schedule a walk or workout with a friend.
A healthy diet, regular exercise and chiropractic care will help decrease inflammation and improve your general health and well being. Call Patrick Chiropractic in Raleigh today at 919-790-2288 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patrick.