The liver is an incredibly vital organ found within our bodies, yet unfortunately, many people now suffer from a condition known as fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease is a condition where cells within the liver store excess lipids (fats), causing the once healthy liver to now be consumed with excess fatty tissue. This fat coats the organ and begins to invade it, almost taking it over entirely. The more fat the liver is coated in, the less-healthy it becomes. Fatty liver disease can potentially be fatal as it causes the liver to degrade and break down, while simultaneously swelling and growing bloated via the fat. Fatty liver disease is generally caused via unhealthy dietary and lifestyle choices, but the good news is that it CAN be reversed. Experts have found that one of the most effective ways of combating and reversing fatty liver disease is through exercise and physical exertion. But what type of exercise is best to tackle fatty liver disease? Here’s a better look:
Why is exercise so beneficial for fighting fatty liver disease?
Before looking at some of the different types of exercise commonly used to combat fatty liver disease, we’ll begin by looking at why exercise is so beneficial for fatty liver disease in the first place. You see, to start with, exercise has been proven to boost the immune system. The stronger the immune system, the healthier you are, the fewer toxins you’ll have in your body and the less work your liver will have to do. Not only that but as exercise boosts the metabolism it also provides additional energy, which is very beneficial as fatty liver disease often causes fatigue, which can make exercise tough. Perhaps the most apparent benefit of exercising to combat fatty liver disease however, is the fact that exercise helps burn off excess fat in the body. As fatty liver disease is a condition where excess fat is stored in and around the liver, the more fat you can burn off, the healthier your liver will become.
Exercises to combat fatty liver disease
Now let’s look at some common forms of exercise proven to combat FLD. In reality, all kinds of exercise burn fat, making any and all exercise useful. Some types of exercise, however, are more beneficial than others.
Cardiovascular exercise is, by far, one of the most effective types of exercise for combating FLD. Cardiovascular exercise increases stamina and endurance, while simultaneously burning body fat in the process. Your body takes calories stored in fat cells and uses them as fuel to provide energy for your workouts. That means that by taking part in aerobic exercise, you are fuelling your workout with the fat in and around your liver. Running, jogging, walking, cycling, and swimming are all great examples of cardiovascular exercise.
HIIT, also known as High-Intensity Interval Training, is another incredibly effective form of exercise for the liver. With HIIT, you switch between low-intensity exercise, and high-intensity exercise, for several rounds. A fundamental example of this would be to walk for 30 seconds, sprint for 30 seconds, and then repeat this process for several more rounds. HIIT enhances cardiovascular condition and has been found to obliterate body fat, which is good news for people suffering from fatty liver disease. 3 – 4 HIIT workouts per week will yield dramatic results.
Strength and resistance training
Strength and resistance training is also beneficial for the liver, as not only will this help strengthen your core muscles, and the organs in and around your core, including the liver, but it will also burn fat. What’s more, as you build muscle your metabolism will increase so you’ll burn more fat, even in a rested state.