Recent research illustrates the importance of fitting in regular movement throughout the day, regardless of your lifestyle. In a study conducted by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, participants were given a pedometer to track their steps for two consecutive days in 2000 and again five years later. Subjects also filled out a questionnaire which focused on general lifestyle and healthy habits. Lastly, subjects’ height, weight, body mass index, and insulin sensitivity were measured and recorded. Results indicated that, regardless of other factors, those who walked the most each day had, on average, a lower BMI and an increased sensitivity to insulin than those who logged fewer steps. Overall, more walking meant a reduced risk of diabetes.
The study authors estimated that if a typically sedentary person increased their daily movement to approximately 10,000 steps each day, he or she could potentially lower their BMI by almost a full point and improve their sensitivity to insulin by three times.
Although this study is just one of many to encourage a healthy diet and exercise, it emphasizes the importance of regular, moderate movement. You don’t have to be a hard core athlete to stay fit and ward off disease - just try going for a walk.