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Exercise to Help Reduce Inflammation
As we’ve said before, wellness is more than just being “not sick.”
Fighting silent inflammation is a lifelong struggle, and you need every weapon possible at your disposal.
Even though the right diet and high-dose fish oil will get you 80% of the way to wellness, you still need a moderate level of physical activity to maximize the hormonal effects for reducing silent inflammation.
By moderate exercise, we mean moderate.
We don’t want you exercising to an extreme degree.
In fact, too much exercise can be just as harmful to your body as too little.
That’s because it takes a toll on your body and leads to chronic silent inflammation.
Yes, we know you’re probably surprised by this, and maybe even a little relieved.
But you need to remember being in a state of wellness is all about balance.
Balance in the foods you eat and balance in your activity levels.
Push your body beyond its limits, and it’ll fight back by increasing inflammation and making your body more prone to illness.
This is why people training for their first marathon often develop more colds, flu, and other ailments.
While any type of exercise will cause some inflammation, the right amount of exercise can provide an exceptionally powerful anti-inflammatory response that not only repairs the damage to your muscle tissue, but also makes your muscle stronger in the process.
Thus, it’ll rejuvenate your body, not hurt it.
Exercise can help ward off aging by reducing silent inflammation.
It does this by alleviating insulin resistance, which in turn helps reduce visceral fat, the dangerous kind collecting on vital organs in your abdomen.
Reduce this visceral fat, and you’ll reduce the main source of a lot of the silent inflammation in your body.
Getting Fit Versus Losing Weight
Getting physically fit isn’t necessarily about losing weight.
It all boils down to your ability to control insulin resistance and thus silent inflammation.
If your body maintains an appropriate amount of insulin, you can still be overweight and healthy.
On the other hand, if your body has to pump out greater and greater amounts of insulin, then your excess body weight is generating silent inflammation around the clock, putting you on the fast track for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
For example, in a recent study where overweight people lost weight on a calorie-restricted diet, it was only those with insulin resistance who had a decrease in their CRP when they lost weight.
This helps explain why some overweight people have perfectly normal cholesterol levels and are at relatively little risk for heart disease.
They manage to keep their insulin levels in a healthy range.
Their weight is a cosmetic problem from eating too many calories, but not a medical problem.
Research confirms this seemingly paradoxical situation.
People who’re physically fit but overweight are significantly less likely to develop heart disease than those who’re of normal weight but less physically fit.
How is it that some people can be healthy and overweight while others aren’t?
It all boils down to the level of visceral fat.
Decrease this type of fat, and CRP levels are also lowered.
It’s visceral fat that’s mobilized by exercise.
Unfortunately, exercise has a much smaller impact on subcutaneous fat, the unsightly but relatively safe fat collecting on your hips, thighs, and buttocks.
In fact, we’d hazard a guess this at least partly explains why women have a harder time losing weight via exercise than men.
Obviously, the best course of action is to be physically fit and at a normal weight.
We just don’t want you to use loss of body weight as a fitness goal.
First of all, you might gain a few pounds of muscle while you’re reducing fat – which is a great thing, though your scale won’t tell you this.
This is why your body fat percentage is a far better indicator of fat loss and why we consider it to be a biomarker (although a weak one) of wellness.
Second, from a health standpoint, getting active will help reduce silent inflammation regardless of whether you lose inches from your hips and thighs.
Come join us on our natural weight loss journey! We’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
(Based on Dr. Barry Sears’ “The Anti-Inflammation Zone”)
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