Researchers from the University of Toronto suggest that if you’re willing to work hard, you only need a small amount of exercise every day to be healthy.
Jenna Gillen, assistant professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education (KPE), suggests that people can break up long time of sitting with short repeated exercise ‘snacks’.
These short exercise snacks can lower blood sugar levels throughout the day.
For example, you can try to walk for two minutes every 30 minutes and climb stairs regularly.
It is also important to perform one structured exercise session after a meal.
This could help reduce the rise in blood sugar from breakfast, lunch, and supper.
Previous research has shown that brief but intense exercise can lead to many health benefits.
These benefits are normally associated with a long time of moderate-intensity exercise.
This is important because many people don’t have time to do regular exercise. Finding time-efficient options that are still effective can help solve the problem.
The researcher suggests that if you can make high-intensity interval training exercise as part of your daily routine, your muscles will be more sensitive to blood sugar and can consume more of it.
This can help improve exercise performance and muscle growth.
Although it is known that regular exercise reduces your risk for many chronic diseases, the best strategies to achieve this are still unclear.
The researcher hopes to find the strategies and test them in a community setting to see their effectiveness in the real world.
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