If you hate the thought of getting to the gym each day, here’s some good news.
A team from UT Southwestern Medical Center has found that you don’t need to workout 24/7 in order to reap at least some of the physical benefits. Getting a workout in every few days can also help.
In a recent study, the neurons in mice that influence metabolism were found to be active for up to two days after a single workout.
“It doesn’t take much exercise to alter the activity of these neurons,” said Dr. Kevin Williams, a neuroscientist at UT Southwestern. “Based on our results, we would predict that getting out and exercising even once in a semi-intense manner can reap benefits that can last for days, in particular with respect to glucose metabolism.”
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The study was published in the December edition of Molecular Metabolism. It also found that the more training you do, the longer the changes in metabolism last.
The work is important beyond simply trimming your waistline. It could provide new leads towards treatments to improve glucose metabolism in diabetes patients. It’s a fact that nearly 10% of the American population has diabetes, and 84 million are currently living with prediabetes, a condition that can lead to the full-blown disease within 5 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So, get to the gym…sometimes. It’s better to be late than never there. And workout with some intensity when you do appear. It’s time well spent.