I like to Move It, Move It
Apparently we don’t like to move it at all. In fact many of us would rather stick pins in our eyes than move it.
In an effort to understand why inactivity is a precursor for Type 2 diabetes and a bunch of other nasty things, researchers at the University of Missouri asked a group of healthy young adults to slow down a bit - well, a lot actually.
For the purposes of this study, relative inactivity was defined as cutting one’s daily steps (as measured by a pedometer) in half.
What the researchers wanted to know was what effect slowing down would have on blood sugar levels.
Just so you know, spikes and swings in blood sugar - particularly after meals - are not good.
So, armed with blood sugar monitoring devices, pedometers and a variety other complicated stuff, our willing volunteers were first instructed to live normally for three days.
Most did 13,000 steps a day, which is 3,000 more than what is generally assumed to be optimal for good health.
Blood sugar levels remained constant - no spikes, dips, peaks or troughs.
Now for the nasty part: the glowingly healthy volunteers were then asked to drop their activity levels below 5,000 steps a day for three days.
In order to do this they started using the lifts instead of the stairs, cutting out their lunchtime walk and so on.
You know what’s coming next: During the three days of decreased activity, blood sugar levels spiked by up to 26% after meals and those peaks grew with each passing day.
Not to put too fine a point on it, the volunteers’ blood sugar went completely haywire. And that’s in three days. Lord knows what would have happened in a week.
Here’s the punch line: Your clients need to know that, no matter how busy they are, they must get up and move regularly (every 30 minutes or so). That way they’ll maintain all the benefits they’ve gained from working out in the gym and add an extra layer of health insurance on top.