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Standing And Walking For Long Periods Can Be More Beneficial Than Short Bursts Of Exercise

February 13, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A study by Dutch scientists has found that when people simply stand or walk for long periods of time – as much as two to four hours – their insulin levels were significantly improved compared to people who were strictly sedentary and people who were mostly sedentary but who exercised vigorously for one hour a day. Researchers found that when the number of calories burned is the same, longer durations of low-intensity exercise may offer more health benefits than shorter periods of intense activity. Insulin sensitivity and blood lipid levels help identify metabolic conditions like diabetes and obesity.
Bernard M. F. M. Duvivier et al., "Minimal Intensity Physical Activity (Standing and Walking) of Longer Duration Improves Insulin Action and Plasma Lipids More than Shorter Periods of Moderate to Vigorous Exercise (Cycling) in Sedentary Subjects When Energy Expenditure Is Comparable", PLoS ONE, February 13, 2013, © Duvivier et al.
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