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Movement Matters

Even if weight loss isn’t your goal, you should still aim to increase your daily mileage to maintain general health.

In a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association,researchers asked healthy young men to significantly reduce the number of steps they took each day (dropping from an average of 6,203 to 1,344 steps a day). Within two weeks, the subjects’ insulin levels rose by nearly 60 percent — putting them at risk for diabetes — and their amounts of abdominal fat increased by 7 percent even though they hadn’t gained any overall weight.

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