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30 Minutes of Activity Improves Weight, Cholesterol

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,
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Do you sit still for long periods of time? If so, exercising for just 30 minutes of that time each day can reduce both your weight and waistline and raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol. That’s what researchers found when they asked 519 adults with recently diagnosed type 2 diabetes to wear activity-tracking devices for a week. Taking 30-minute breaks from sitting to perform moderate to vigorous activity led to the greatest improvements in weight and waist size, while HDL cholesterol responded better to light exercise.
Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, published online March 6, 2015



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