Thursday, March 14, 2013
Can walking beat out the benefits of a workout at the gym? A recent study conducted by Maatricht University in the Netherlands claims that the answer is yes.
Researchers found that for the same amount of calories burned, standing & walking over the course of a day has more benefits than an hour of intense exercise in regards to improving cholesterol and preventing diabetes. "Get out of your chair as much as you can, take the stairs instead of the elevator, go by bike," said Hans Savelberg, who authored the study.
Tests were conducted on a group of healthy adults who were asked to perform different exercises over the course of the study. For the first test, the group sat for 14 hours with no exercise. During the next test, the group sat for 13 hours and performed one hour of high intensity cycling. For the last test the group sat for 8 hours, then walked for 4 and stood for 2, in total burning the same amount of calories as during the cycling period.
The research revealed that the participants had improved insulin levels and lower cholesterol after walking and standing compared to no exercise at all. Where it gets interesting is that when the group took part in the walking & standing test, insulin and cholesterol levels where more significantly improved than even during the cycling tests.
"If you exercise for half an hour and are sedentary for the rest of the day, that represents an unhealthy lifestyle," said Savelberg. "Long periods of non-sitting at a low intensity level should be classified as an active lifestyle."
In short, getting more movement in throughout the day can be more beneficial than one workout in an otherwise sedentary day.
Do you manage to get activity in during your work day or are you mostly sedentary?
source: NY Daily News