TAKE A GUTSY RIDE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - EYE FITNESS -

Go­ing for a long ride can do won­ders for your mi­cro­biome, ac­cord­ing to Fin­nish re­searchers. Dur­ing a six-week study, sci­en­tists asked a group of over­weight women to take part in three en­durance-based cy­cle ses­sions a week with­out mak­ing any ad­just­ments to their diet. Al­though the women didn’t drop a sig­nif­i­cant amount of weight, the micro­organ­isms in their gut un­der­went se­ri­ous changes. Not only did their lev­els of in­flam­ma­tion-caus­ing mi­crobes (pro­teobac­te­ria) de­crease, their lev­els of akker­man­sia (a group of me­tab­o­lism-boost­ing mi­crobes) were found to be much higher than when they started. Since the group re­frained from mak­ing any di­etary changes, the sci­en­tists say that en­durance ex­er­cise is most likely the driv­ing force be­hind the women’s im­proved gut health, mean­ing that food isn’t the only way to keep your di­ges­tive sys­tem in good nick. Not only that, en­durance train­ing was also shown to de­crease lev­els of choles­terol-caus­ing par­ti­cles and im­prove vas­cu­lar health. Not a fan of cy­cling? Get your en­durance fix with long hikes or runs in­stead.

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