Daily Life Is Good Exercise
Those who are
feeling glum because their visits to the gym have not materialized
despite their New Year’s resolutions can take heart: new research
says people get more exercise than they think.
conducted by Great Britain’s Health Development Agency says one
in four people walks approximately 364 miles each year, which is the
equivalent of walking from London to Edinburgh. A year’s worth of
running to catch the bus, walking the dog or doing the weekly grocery
shopping burns more than 100,000 calories during a 12-month period,
according to the report.
one in four people walks for a month each year — the equivalent
of spending 18 days in a tough aerobics class, which is good news for
those gym members who never actually attend the fitness facility to
which they belong, the survey noted.
questioned one thousand people throughout the United Kingdom, and asked
participants how much and how far they walked. The agency then
consulted a nutritionist to estimate how many calories this activity
would burn and how it compared to traditional exercise. Housework burns
about 144 calories per hour, while gardening burns up to 350 calories
per hour, the survey found.
more calories than men; one-fourth of the female respondents walked
about seven miles each week, compared to about one-fifth of the male
respondents, according to the survey results.
shows that getting enough exercise is an important contributor to
overall health and well-being, and you don’t have to go to a gym
to achieve this," the report said. "People are advised to do 30 minutes
of moderate activity, such as brisk walking at least five days a week.
Only 25 percent of women and 37 percent of men meet this target."
the stairs rather than taking the elevator is one example of how to
increase daily physical activity, according to the survey.
"Try to set
aside some time to do activities that you enjoy, like dancing, going
for walks, cycling or swimming," the report said. "If you enjoy the
activity, you’re more likely to stick to it."
the bus before your destination and walking the rest of the way; going
for a walk during your lunch break; and reducing time spent doing
sedentary activities, such as watching television or using the computer
also will help, the survey noted.
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