We’ve written about studies that show that a walk during the day can make you smarter and lower your blood sugar. Today’s article suggests that it will also improve your mood and make it easier for you to deal with stress in the workplace. According to research published in the New York Times, taking even a gentle walk for 30 minutes at lunchtime made participants feel more relaxed and able to cope with stress at work than on afternoons when they hadn’t walked.
This is a great study for people with diabetes, as stress is one of the things that can make blood sugar control more complicated. Stress can RAISE blood sugar (watch our video about that here), so going for a walk at lunchtime will kill two birds with one stone for your blood glucose control– the walk itself will help lower your blood sugar and it will also make it easier for you to manage stress, which can prevent a blood sugar spike later on.
So whether you work at an office job or not, pulling on your walking shoes and going for a walk in the middle of the day (even a leisurely 30-minute stroll) will reap many rewards for you. If you need a little extra incentive, here’s Diabetes Educator Barbara Liepman talking about the many benefits of exercise for people with type 2 diabetes.