Stuck sit­ting down all day? Try this

First For Women - - Health -

Too much “chair time” is known to raise the risk of di­a­betes, but it can be tough to walk away from your desk on busy days. The good news: Ex­er­cis­ing your arms can re­duce the risk, say sci­en­tists in the jour­nal Di­a­betes, Obe­sity and Me­tab­o­lism. In their study, when peo­ple who sat for 5 hours took 5 min­utes ev­ery half hour to move their arms, their blood-sugar lev­els fell by 58 per­cent and post-meal in­sulin pro­duc­tion dropped by 20 per­cent. The re­searchers say ex­er­cis­ing any mus­cles helps the body process sugar, pre­vent­ing in­sulin over­pro­duc­tion. To get the perks, keep a pair of light weights at your desk and do arm raises and bi­cep curls twice an hour.

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