The benefits of exercise are undisputed including weight control, strengthening the heart, bones and muscles, and reducing the risk for disease. Researchers at the University of California San Diego recently showed that just one, 20 minute session of moderate exercise can also stimulate the immune system producing an anti-inflammatory response.
Forty-seven people walked on a treadmill for 20 minutes and showed that fast walking alone was enough to stimulate anti-inflammatory effects. These results should be encouraging to those with arthritis, fibromyalgia or obesity who may not be able to participate in intense physical exercise. Now we know that participating in moderate exercise for as little as 20 minutes does provide benefits.