Thomas Ramey Watson

Skipping the gym isn’t always a bad idea

Two groups of people did resistance-training workouts for the better part of a year.

Researchers gave some people at-the-gym programs; others were given simple low-tech exercises they could do using household objects (like soup cans), elastic bands for resistance, and their own body weight

(think push-ups). By the end of the study, the scientists saw that a gym membership didn’t guarantee success: People in both groups

lost about the same amount of weight.

And the number of people with abnormally high blood sugar (called impaired glucose tolerance) dropped significantly in both groups.

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