A Good Reason to Skip the Gym

A Good Reason to Skip the Gym

If you're still struggling to become a "gym person," maybe you should stop trying so hard.

A study suggests that working out at home can be just as effective as going to the gym when it comes to helping people lose weight and lower their risk of type 2 diabetes.

Location, location, location
In the study, researchers had middle-aged adults at risk for type 2 diabetes do a resistance-training workout for the better part of a year. Some were given gym programs while others were given simple, low-tech exercises they could do using household objects (like soup cans), elastic bands for resistance, and their own body weight (think push-ups). By the end of the study, participants in both groups lost about the same amount of weight. And the number of people with abnormally high blood sugar—a condition called impaired glucose tolerance -- dropped significantly in both groups.

Do your own thing
Whether you prefer the gym scene or like the privacy of your own home, the most important thing is to choose a workout you like. For home workouts, you can keep it simple with a few hand weights, some resistance bands, and a mat.

Turn your errands into exercise. This article shows you how to get fit sitting in a chair, grabbing groceries, or waiting in line.

Medically reviewed in November 2019.

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