Daily Just 1 hour treadmill can boost metabolism for 2 days; study says

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New Study Says A single workout session consisting of three 20-minute treadmill runs could activate neurons that are important regulators of blood glucose levels and energy balance as well as influence metabolism for up to two days. The study that was published in the journal Molecular Metabolism showed that a single bout of exercise could boost the activity of energy-burning neurons. “It doesn’t take much exercise to alter the activity of these neurons,” said Kevin Williams, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas Southwestern. “The study predicts that getting out and exercising even once in a semi-intense manner can reap benefits that can last for days, in particular with respect to glucose metabolism,” he added

One of the neuron types is associated with reduced appetite, lower blood glucose levels, and higher energy burning when activated while the other type increases appetite and diminishes metabolism when activated.

The study also provides an avenue to research potential treatments to improve glucose metabolism in patients with conditions such as diabetes.

“It is possible that activating melanocortin neurons may hold therapeutic benefits for patients one day, especially for diabetics who need improved blood-glucose regulation,” Williams said.

“This research is not just for improving fitness. A better understanding of neural links to exercise can potentially help a number of conditions affected by glucose regulation,” he noted.

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