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What Your Exercise Style Predicts About Your Health

Love yoga, or exercising first thing in the morning? Here's what your workout routine says about your well-being.

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If you: Love interval training

You may be less resistant to insulin. Type 2 diabetics who did three short bursts of high-intensity exercise daily had bigger drops in blood sugar than those who did one low-intensity cardio session.

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If you: Stroll during lunch

You’ll be more resistent to stress. In a U.K. study, participants who walked for 30 minutes three days a week for ten weeks felt more relaxed and less tense at work on days they walked.

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If you: Frequently strength train

You may boast a flatter belly. Researchers at Harvard found that people who lifted weights for 20 or more minutes daily had less belly fat than those who did the same amount of cardio.

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If you: Do cardio in the morning

You may get better z’s. An Appalachian State University study found that a.m. workouts led to improvements in sleep quality compared with exercise in the afternoon or evening.

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If you: Walk 10,000 steps a day

You dramatically lower your risk of early death. Inactive people who raised their daily step count to 10,000 from 1,000 had a 46 percent lower risk of death over 15 years, found an Australian study.

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If you: Swear by yoga

You may reduce arthritis pain. Patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis who did yoga three times a week reported a 20 percent improvement in pain and energy, found Johns Hopkins research.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest