Exercise

Cycling to work is better

Cycling to work reduces cardiovascular risks. In a cohort study from Sweden, 23,732 men and women with an average age of 43.5 years were tested twice in total over an observation period of ten years. Those who used their bike had a lower risk of obesity, hypertension, hypertriglyceridemia, and improved glucose tolerance compared to those who undertook a passive commute.

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Dancing for better fitness in the elderly

Women and men in higher age groups benefit greatly when they go dancing! This is illustrated by an Irish cross-sectional study involving 72 participants. Dancers have a significantly better sense of balance, a higher functionality and higher quality of life compared to non-dancers of the same age.

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10,000 steps daily for better sleep

A prospective study from Japan was able to demonstrate that a daily exercise stint of 10,000 steps increases the quality of sleep. In total, 490 Japanese workers were included in the study and these were divided into two groups - the participants who regularly took exercise in one group and those who generally took no exercise in the other. A walking intervention was then implemented in both groups over a four-week period. In both groups in fact, the sleep latency phase and the sleep duration showed a significant improvement.

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Inactivity as a diabetes trigger

According to a Dutch study involving ten healthy young men, a strict seven-day period of bed rest leads to significant muscle atrophy and a concomitant deterioration in insulin sensitivity. By the end of the week, the men had experienced a loss in lean body mass of 1.4 kg on average and a significant 29% reduction in insulin sensitivity. This result provides a convincing demonstration of the risks that may be associated with a lifestyle marked by inactivity.

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Cycling for less type 2 diabetes

Men and women who cycle in their spare time or ride a bike to work have a lower risk of becoming ill with type 2 diabetes. This is shown by a Danish study involving 50,000 subjects aged from 50 to 65. The probability of developing diabetes was reduced not only in the case of existing cyclists but also for new starters.

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