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New UM Research: Don't Skip Exercise for More than a Day


St. Louis, MO – New research from the University of Missouri - Columbia suggests skipping exercise for two straight days can be bad for your health.

Researchers made exercising rats give up nightly runs for two days and found the rats' muscles used insulin inefficiently. Such inefficient use has been linked to higher risks for diabetes and heart disease.

John Holloszy, of Washington University, says people need to exercise at least every other day to maintain the anti-diabetic action that exercise seems to encourage. And he says to maintain that, people need to exercise at least every other day.

Another researcher says people should exercise vigorously a couple of days a week, supplemented by spurts of activity throughout the day.