A new study revealed that a post-meal two-minute stroll may help lower blood sugar significantly.
According to CNN, researchers analyzed seven studies comparing the impact of sitting, standing and walking on the body’s insulin and blood sugar levels.
People in the studies were asked either to stand or walk for two to five minutes every 20 to 30 minutes over the course of a full day.
The researchers found that intermittent light-intensity walking throughout the day, even for two minutes, saw a reduction of glucose by an average of 17.01% compared to prolonged sitting.
The study also showed that intermittent standing breaks throughout the day and after meals reduced glucose on average by 9.51%.
“This suggests that breaking prolonged sitting with standing and light-walking breaks throughout the day is beneficial for glucose levels, and thus, could help prevent diabetes,” said study co-author Aidan Buffey, a doctoral student in the physical education and sport sciences department at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
“Blood sugar levels will spike within 60 to 90 minutes after eating, so it’s best to get moving soon after finishing a meal,” he added.
Many former studies also found that post-meal walking could reduce the risk of high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and some cancers, while strengthening bones, improving brain health, warding off dementia and depression, and helping with healthy weight loss.