On your feet! According to research published in diabetes journal Diabetologia, when it comes to improving glycaemic control, people with type 2 may get more benefit out of interrupting periods of sitting still by standing up or going for a light-intensity walk, rather than doing a structured exercise program.
While this news shouldn't be taken as license to ditch a dedicated workout altogether, it does point to the benefits of moving a little more, wherever and whenever you can. Short on time? Here are five easy ways to squeeze more steps into your day:
- Stop hitting snooze! Rather than pressing snooze, start your day with 20 minutes of exercise – you’ll hit the shower with a real sense of achievement!
- Maximise your lunchbreak: On the way to getting your lunch or before sitting down to eat, get some incidental exercise. You’ll return to work feeling energised.
- Clean it up! Housework isn’t the most fun job in the world – but add music and it’s like a dance class at home!
- Multitask during TV time: When watching TV, try doing 10-20 minutes of exercise during the ad breaks, even if it’s just running on the spot.
- Walk and talk at work: Instead of having a coffee catch-up or quick meeting in the office, try doing your talking while you’re walking.