I don’t know if the findings in the study I’m about to mention are funny, sad, pathetic, or all the above. Researchers have found that people who are obese tend to almost never move. And by almost never, I mean this: in the study of 10 men and women, they spent an average of 23 hours and 52 minutes sleeping, lying down or sitting each day.
Eight minutes of movement? Really?
Experts recommend that people take at least 10,000 steps a day. Those in the study got on average about 3,700. That doesn’t seem to mesh with the eight minutes of activity, but okay…
So what does all this mean? According to Dr. Thomas Vanhecke and his colleagues at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan it could have important implications for lowering heart disease risk among morbidly obese adults.
“These results may provide important links between obesity, poor fitness and cardiovascular disease,” the researchers report in the journal Clinical Cardiology.
Studies have found that even among obese adults, those with higher fitness levels tend to be healthier. That means any regular exercise at all helps, even if you’re just walking for more than, say eight minutes a day.
April 25th, 2009