An eye-popping report just shed some powerful and compelling light on how quickly physical inactivity can harm the body, and I want you and everyone you love to know about it. Researchers had a group of healthy moderately active young adults reduce their daily physical activity by 50% and carefully monitored their blood sugar (glucose) levels.
In as little as three days of reduced physical activity, the study subject’s after mealtime blood sugar levels doubled. In other words, in healthy people, even in the short term, reducing physical activity leads to acute changes in blood sugar metabolism that can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease (well before any weight is gained!)(Medicine and Science in Sports and Medicine, August 2011).
Looking on the brighter side – even a single bout of moderate physical activity, like a brisk walk, can immediately lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact, exercise scientists report they can measure beneficial cardiometabolic changes within 30 seconds of movement!