Tortoise and the Hare – slow and steady wins the race

An important message for all gym fanatics around us. Research published on Prevention, originally published in the journal PLOS ONE, showed that an hour of vigorous activity isn’t enough to keep blood sugar and cholesterol levels in a healthy range when individuals spend the rest of the day sitting down. To reach that conclusion, researchers randomly assigned participants to three groups: one group was sedentary all day, another exercised vigorously for one hour and then stayed mostly seated, while a third walked or stood for several hours and spent little time sitting around.

If you guessed that the sedentary bunch fared the worst, you'd be right. But here’s the twist: while the vigorous and low-intensity groups expended similar amounts of calories throughout the day, the low-intensity group had significantly healthier cholesterol and blood sugar levels. In the long run, that can help reduce the risk of developing ailments like diabetes or heart disease. Read the full article here .

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