A new study claims short but intense exercise regimens in
the place of long workouts can help lower blood sugar level.
The study findings may augur well for people who face time
The study was undertaken by the researchers at
University of Otago in New Zealand.
Researchers call this type of exercising as 'exercise
snacking'. According to them, a short burst of intense exercise can be more
effective than a 30-minute daily moderate workout. This type of exercising
regimen is especially beneficial in people suffering from type 2 diabetes. It is also helpful for reducing risk factors
of having other chronic diseases.
people are pressed for time — and a lot of people say they don't have enough
time to exercise — our study shows that they can get away with a lower volume
of exercise that includes short, intense bursts of activity," said the study's
senior author, Martin Gibala.
Researchers warned people who cite time crunch as a reason for not
exercising. They emphasized exercise
is very essential to control blood sugar levels. They added glucose is required for functioning of muscles in
our body, and therefore, any physical activity burns glucose and lowers blood
sugar and helps in optimum utilization of insulin.
"If you can only do five to 10 minutes of exercise, that's better than
nothing, but you really start to see the effects of exercise if you can
regularly exercise 20 to 30 minutes at least a few times a week," the researchers
The study was published in the May journal of the
European Association for the Study of Diabetes.