Do not miss that run

At the height of summer, naps at the beach can be alluring and many of us may find ourselves tempted to take prolonged vacations from exercise.
But two new admonitory studies involving both older and younger adults (who temporarily cut back on their physical activity) indicate that the metabolic consequences of not moving much for a few weeks can be pervasive and persistent, lingering to some extent even after people start moving around normally again.
Multiple benefits
Physical activity is, of course, good for us and our metabolisms. Among other effects, contracting muscles burn blood sugar as fuel and, in response to signals from the hormone insulin, also store some of it for future use. Over the long term, these conditions help our bodies to stave off soaring blood sugar, insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes.
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