Washington: When the amount of calories burned is the same, standing and walking for longer stretches could actually be better than high intensity exercise in improving cholesterol and preventing diabetes, researchers suggest.Hans Savelberg and colleagues from Maastricht University, Netherlands recruited eighteen normal-weight 19 to 24-year-old participants for their study and asked them to follow three regimes. In the first, participants were instructed to sit for 14 hours each day and not indulge in any form of exercise; the second regime required participants to sit for 13 hours each day and exercise vigorously for 1 hour; and in the third, participants substituted six hours of sitting with four of walking and two hours standing. After each regime, the researchers tracked each participant`s insulin sensitivity and blood lipid levels, both of which can help identify metabolic conditions like diabetes and obesity.
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