Another reason to stay active: New research suggests that working out induces an anti-inflammatory effect on the molecular level. According to an article on Science Daily, the researchers created an inflammatory response in mice, and then measured the effect of exercise on inflammation. The mice who exercised had an inhibited inflammatory response, which lasted 24 hours.
Here's what the presenting author, Dr. Nicholas Young, from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said, as quoted in the article: "As the inflammatory process in rheumatic diseases is a major cause of disability, we are excited to uncover the process by which exercise works on a molecular level to decrease this inflammation. Our results show the benefits that exercise could have in decreasing the great burden of rheumatic diseases. They also highlight the need for frequent exercise in order to create clinically significant results."
Read more about this study at Science Daily.