By Jonathan Galland
Do you fidget? Get up and walk around often?
While that may not be the best thing at the movies or on an airplane, moving around often has health benefits.
A new study from Queens University in Canada finds that incidental physical activity is good for cardiorespiratory fitness.
When all this moving around adds up to a 30-minute boost in physical activity each day, fitness and health benefit significantly.
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The study’s lead researcher, Ashlee McGuire, explains: “It’s encouraging to know that if we just increase our incidental activity slightly–a little bit more work around the house, or walking down the hall to speak with a co-worker as opposed to sending an email–we can really benefit our health in the long-term. Best of all, these activities don’t take up a lot of time, they’re not difficult to do, and you don’t have to go to a gym.”
The study appears in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
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Source: Queen’s University