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Low impact exercise might reduce cholesterol

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Long periods of low intensity exercise may have more health benefits than shorter, intense workouts.

Researchers from the Netherlands assigned a group of young adults to do either no exercise, only one hour of intense exercise, or several hours of walking and standing each day.

Although the vigorous and low intensity exercise groups burned the same amount of calories, the low intensity group had significantly better cholesterol and insulin levels.

The findings suggest that walking and standing more hours a day may be a more effective way to control obesity and diabetes than expending shorter bursts of energy.

This study was led by researchers at Maastricht University (NETH) and published in 'PLOS ONE.'

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