Does cycling reduce inflammation?

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Sarah Achleithner

Yes, moderate-intensity exercise for 20 to 30 minutes/day, including cycling, can reduce inflammation [1].

Exercise’s anti-inflammatory impact can be attributed to multiple factors, such as increased production of adrenaline, cortisol, and growth hormone; visceral fat loss; improved levels of anti-inflammatory myokines; and diminishing the expression of toll-like receptors (TLRs) in immune cells. Conversely, it’s been shown that strenuous exercise may increase inflammatory markers.

Cyclist in a burgundy jersey cycling on the road

Scheffer, D., & Latini, A. (2020). Exercise-induced immune system response: Anti-inflammatory status on peripheral and central organs. Biochimica et biophysica acta. Molecular basis of disease, 1866(10), 165823.