Brisk Walking Vs. Running for Better Blood Sugar?
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Brisk Walking Vs. Running for Better Blood Sugar?

Which exercise is best for blood sugar, brisk walking or jogging? The answer might surprise you.

In a study, brisk walking for 30 minutes five times a week appeared to be more effective than jogging when it came to lowering diabetes risk. If you show signs of high blood sugar, start moving!

Pick a Winner
Okay, so brisk walking definitely has it merits. But so does running—and swimming, and hiking and biking. The kind of exercise that is best for you is something that you will do consistently—whatever it may be. Just make sure you cover all the bases; you need a mix of strength, stamina, and flexibility training in your routine.

Walk It Off
As for brisk walking vs. running: Both are effective if you notice signs of high blood sugar, and both improve insulin sensitivity, which helps your body use glucose efficiently. But in a study, walking improved pancreatic function more than running did for a group of middle-aged, overweight, sedentary folks with high cholesterol. Why? Researchers suspect moderate-intensity exercise ramps up fat burning more than vigorous-intensity exercise—and that could explain the results.

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