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Bike or Walk to Work to Reduce Blood Glucose

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , ,

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If you sit through most of your workday, replacing some of that time with standing, walking, or cycling can reduce blood glucose levels. Researchers asked nine overweight people who didn’t have diabetes to do 10- to 30-minute interval sessions of standing, walking, or biking twice a day. That resulted in 5 to 12 percent lower average blood glucose levels compared with straight sitting for eight hours a day. Cycling produced the best results. If you don’t have access to a bike at the office, take heart: Just walking or standing for a bit every day can make a big difference to your health.
Source: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, published online July 21, 2016

 
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