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Small Bursts Of Movement That Add To 30 Minutes A Day Can Improve Health Outcomes

January 28, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A U.S. study of more than 6,000 American adults found that a lifestyle that involves an accumulation of small activities each day can be just as beneficial to health as a daily trip to the gym for structured exercise. Participants in the study wore a tool known as an accelerometer to measure their daily activity. Those who accumulated 30 minutes of short spurts of movement – such as five minutes of pacing while on the phone, walking up and down stairs, etc. – prevented metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The researchers said that their results “show that simply building movement into everyday activities can have meaningful health benefits”.
Paul D. Loprinzi et al., "Association Between Biologic Outcomes and Objectively Measured Physical Activity Accumulated in ≥10-Minute Bouts and <10-Minute Bouts", American Journal of Health Promotion, January 28, 2013, © American Journal of Health Promotion
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