This Can Help Improve Glucose Control if You Are Sitting for a Long Time

Taking frequent short breaks that involve walking or squatting can help improve blood sugar control in overweight and obese men better than just sitting continuously or walking continuously for a longer period (Gao Y,, 2024).

This study tested the effects of different types of muscle activities by taking breaks from sitting on blood sugar levels after eating.

Eighteen overweight and obese young men participated in the research, which involved either sitting for 8.5 hours without moving, walking continuously for 30 minutes, or taking 3 minutes walks or squatting 10 times every 45 min for 10 times. The squatting was done without any weights added.

The results showed that interrupting sitting with frequent walking or squatting led to better blood sugar levels compared to continuous sitting or a single long walking session.

Interrupting sitting with 10 squats every 45 minutes would be a good idea even if you are not overweight.

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Gao Y, Li QY, Finni T, Pesola AJ. Enhanced muscle activity during interrupted sitting improves glycemic control in overweight and obese men. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2024 Apr;34(4):e14628.

  • Category: News
  • Author: Didrik Sopler, Ph.D., L.Ac.
  • Published: 2024-05-10
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