A new study led by researchers in Stockholm involved 16 middle-aged, white-collar workers at high risk for Type 2 diabetes. Half of the group continued doing their desk jobs for 3 weeks, with no change in their daily routines. The other half took a 3-minute break every half hour to get up and do something physical. Some walked around the office while others marched in place, hopped or otherwise moved around the office.
While the control group continued to show problems with insulin resistance, blood sugar control and cholesterol levels, those who had moved around showed lower fasting blood sugar levels in the morning and more stable levels during the day. Those who achieved 75 or more steps in 3 minutes improved their metabolisms most, but everyone in the mobile group showed some improvement in their metabolic health.