Navigation Links
Everyday Activities May Have Same Health Benefits as Going to Gym

SUNDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Short stretches of physical activity -- such as taking the stairs or raking leaves -- throughout the day can be just as beneficial as a trip to the gym, according to a new study.

Researchers looked at more than 6,000 American adults and found that this "active lifestyle approach" appeared to be as effective as structured exercise in providing health benefits such as preventing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and the group of risk factors known as metabolic syndrome that increases the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

"Our results suggest that engaging in an active lifestyle approach, compared to a structured exercise approach, may be just as beneficial in improving various health outcomes," study author Paul Loprinzi said in an Oregon State University news release. "We encourage people to seek out opportunities to be active when the choice is available. For example, rather than sitting while talking on the phone, use this opportunity to get in some activity by pacing around while talking."

Loprinzi was a doctoral student at Oregon State University when he conducted the study. He is now an assistant professor of exercise science at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.

The researchers also found that 43 percent of adults who did short bouts of exercise met the federal physical activity guidelines of 30 minutes a day, compared with less than 10 percent of those who did longer exercise sessions.

"You hear that less than 10 percent of Americans exercise and it gives the perception that people are lazy," study co-author Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise and sports science at Oregon State, said in the news release. "Our research shows that more than 40 percent of adults achieved the exercise guidelines, by making movement a way of life."

The study was published in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Many people say they don't get enough exercise due to lack of time. These findings are promising in that they show that simply incorporating movement into everyday activities can provide health benefits, Cardinal said.

"This is a more natural way to exercise -- just to walk more and move around a bit more," he noted. "We are designed by nature as beings who are supposed to move. People get it in their minds: 'If I don't get that 30 minutes, I might as well not exercise at all.' Our results really challenge that perception and give people meaningful, realistic options for meeting the physical activity guidelines."

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to physical activity.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Oregon State University, news release, Jan. 28, 2013

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Everyday Activities Might Lower Alzheimers Risk
2. Everyday fish oil capsule may provide kidney-related benefits
3. CSI technology holds potential in everyday medicine
4. Reactions to everyday stressors predict future health
5. Molecular portraits of tumours match patients with trials in everyday clinical practice
6. Mesothelioma Victims Center Is Now Open Everyday In Order To Make Certain Victims Of Mesothelioma Get The Names Of Best Mesothelioma Law Firms-Don't Get Shortchanged
7. Carries New Patented Satiereal® Saffron Extract Products: Proven Ingredient for Weight Loss
8. Carries New Functional Food Potato Protein Isolate for Weight Loss Management
9. Everyday Vitamin Solidifies Position in Men’s and Women’s Everyday Health with Nature's Way Alive!® Whole Food Energizer Suite of Supplements
10. Everyday Vitamin Nutrition LLC Carries Now Foods® New Sports Nutrition Products for Body-builders and Sports Enthusiasts
11. Now Carries Enzymatic Therapy’s® Cherry Fruit Extract for Joint Health
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Everyday Activities May Have Same Health Benefits as Going to Gym
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... Dr. Thomas Dunlap ... and Dr. Tucker Bierbaum with Emergency Medicine at St., Joseph Health System’s ... STEMI and Sepsis conditions present in similar ways and require time-critical intervention to avoid ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ON and Cambridge, ON (PRWEB) , ... November ... ... today the availability of a real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in the ... ultrasounds, X-rays, mammography, BMD and Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic medical ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... WorldCare ... participated in the 61st annual Employee Benefits Conference. The Employee Benefits Conference was ... November 8th through Wednesday, November 11th, 2015. The conference was held at the ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... Water For Empowerment ™ attracts volunteers together who want to combine talents ... women as key stakeholders in the process. The non-profit launched its first major ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Dr. John Pierce, Medical Director at the Ageless Forever clinic ... the Capillus272™ Pro laser therapy cap. FDA cleared for safety and efficacy, the Capillus272 ... need for surgery, prescription pills, or topical foams. , “Capillus272™ Pro is a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... 26, 2015 ... "Radioimmunoassay Market by Type (Reagents & ... Academics, Clinical Diagnostic Labs), Application (Research, Clinical ... 2020" report to their offering. ... addition of the "Radioimmunoassay Market by ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... WASHINGTON , Nov. 25, 2015  The ... Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the March of ... bipartisan Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 ... the number of newborns born exposed to drugs, ... Since the bill,s introduction, all three organizations have ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... 25, 2015  Henry Schein, Inc., the world,s largest ... dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will unveil at ... Henry Schein ConnectDental® Pavilion , which brings together for ... solutions designed to help any practice or laboratory enter ... for a schedule of experts appearing at the Pavilion. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: