Walking has long been touted as an ideal workout for those just starting a weight-loss program—and comes highly recommended for people with weight-related illnesses, such as Type 2 Diabetes. As far as diabetes goes, new research published in Diabetologia reveals that interval walking (walking at a varied pace) is far more effective than continuous walking at helping patients manage their blood sugar.
Researchers conducted a study with subjects randomized into three training groups: a control group, an interval walking training (IWT) group, and a continuous walking training (CWT) group. Researchers measured insulin secretion, glucose metabolism, and insulin signaling before and after a four-month intervention, during which subjects participated in multiple sessions of unsupervised training each week.
At the end of the day, only the participants in the IWT group experienced improved blood sugar control and improved insulin signaling. To read the results for yourself, right here.
If you or someone you know suffers from Type 2 Diabetes, you may want to consider investing in a machine that’s proven to be conducive to interval walking. The FreeMotion 2000 GSX Incline Trainer, for example, with its EnduraDrive System and iFit Technology, is one great choice. It features an incredible 40% incline and -6% decline—delivering varied terrain you can download right from Google Maps. You might also try the TRUE PS300 Home Treadmill, which utilizes quick-keys and an array of preset programs to get users started right away. (Plus, progress is easily monitored on the easy-to-read LCD screen.) Finally, the Bodyguard T260P Treadmill is another great choice, with state-of-the-art programming and advanced heart rate control monitoring to make working out both easy and effective.
Whatever machine you pick to help you workout, the important thing is just that you do it! Stick with the science; interval walking is a safe, effective way for users of all levels to start and maintain a weight-loss program.