Non-exercise physical activity (NEPA) like walking or doing dishes or doing houswork helps - potentially a lot more than just calories burned. It extends your lifespan and improves your cholesterol numbers.
2007 study in the Journal of Epidemiology reported that non-exercising women that engaged in 10 or more metabolic equivalent (MET)-hours/day of nonexercise activity were at 25–50% reduced risk of mortality relative to less active women (0–9.9 MET-hours/day).
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To maintain a routine of physical activities I had to find a sport that really gives me pleasure. I always fancied 'capoeira', but I believed that to be able to train I should loose some pounds first. What a fool! I started playing 'capoeira' in August 2012 and I feel really bad when, for some reason, I can not train. Here is the tip: Find a physical activity that gives you pleasure, forget any physical limitations you may have and enjoy yourself. ;o)
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