Active Lifestyle Can Equal That Workout at the Gym

Good news for those who can’t fit a 30-minute daily workout at the gym: small amounts of activity throughout the day that add up to 30 minutes can be just as beneficial, new research shows.

Simple choices such as using a rake instead of a leaf blower, or walking a mile to the store instead of driving can help people meet federal physical activity guidelines, according to researchers from Oregon State University.

“You hear that less than 10 percent of Americans exercise and it gives the perception that people are lazy,” said Brad Cardinal, a professor of exercise and sport science and co-author of the study. “Our research shows that more than 40 percent of adults achieved the exercise guidelines, by making movement a way of life.”

The study was recently published in the American Journal of Health Promotion.

Source: Oregon State University news release

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