Great news.  We all knew that exercise was good for us.  Working out burns calories, strengthens muscles, it increases those feel-good chemicals that help fight depression and things like “after-baby blues”… But  recent studies also indicate that working out does even more in influence a person’s longevity.

Exercise has proven anti-inflammatory effects that help combat diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and even brain diseases such as depression and Alzheimer’s.  With these neurological illnesses, neuroinflammation is often observed.   Exercise benefits the brain by  reducing inflammation and improving overall vascular health.  Professor, Jonathan Little, PhD, says in a review article in Brain Research Bulletin, that “Any type of moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking, cycling, and swimming, can have anti-inflammatory effects.”

So while intense workout regimens such as CrossFit and High Intensity Interval Training make a big splash on the workout scene (and they’re great, really) these rigorous routines aren’t necessary to get this anti-inflammatory effect that you need to wart off Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders.

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Written by Amy