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It’s time to stand up and cut your chances of developing type 2 diabetes,

According to a new survey, sitting down for long periods of time can increase your chances of becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes, even if you exercise.

And this is not necessarily just a problem with people who have sedentary jobs that involve sitting down for long periods of time – factor in watching telly, reading a book or anything else that involves sitting down and you’re in trouble.

Over five years, the UCL study which looked at the effect of being inactive for long periods of time outside of work on 4,000 civil servants. The research found that those who sat for less than 12 hours a week and exercised for four hours over a seven day period were less likely to be at risk of obesity  than those who spent 25 hours sitting and just 90 minutes of exercise.

Eek, maybe it’s time to get up and go for a walk around the office. Think we’ll avoid the TV and go for a run tonight…


Ever lusted after your favourite celeb’s boy and wondered what their secret was? Well, the secrets have been revealed and you can workout like the stars you love and adore.

Mila Kunis
Mila has her own personal fitness trainer Brian Abercombie who, unfortunately, us mere moals probably won’t be able to book. However, the brunette beauty works out five days a week. Yes FIVE! Maybe we’ll give her regime a miss…

Elle Macpherson
With a name like ‘The Body’ it is not surprising many ladies crave to have her figure. Again like Mila, Elle has a personal trainer and works out at least three times a week.

Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie gets her tiny figure through Pilates – at least it’s something we can all do.

Nicole Scherzinger
The former The Pussycat Doll has a gorgeous figure which she puts down to intense jogging. Finally one we can do for free! Thanks Scherzy!

Reese Witherspoon
From yoga to baseball, this girl does it all.


Exercising can get boring, especially if you are running, walking or cycling the same route. Here are some great tips to spice it up a bit:

Make the most of steps
When you are walking or running outside make the most of any steps that you come across. Instead of running or walking for 5 kilometres do 4k and run or walk up and down the steps a few times.

Go up hill
Going up-hill is tough so make sure you add it into your route. It will require you to push yourself that bit harder and and you will have to use different muscles in your body.

Go off road
For a really exhilarating experience go off-road. Ditch the pavement and spice up your regime with a trip up the mountains, across the beach or through a forest. Your body and mind will thank you for it.

Grab a friend or two
If you normally go exercising on your own grab a friend once or twice a week to really spice things up. If your friends aren’t into it, join a group or club.