A study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress this week found:
“Our study shows that heart patients should interrupt sedentary time every 20 minutes with a 7 minute bout of light physical activity,” said study author Dr. Ailar Ramadi.
“Simple activities such as standing up and walking at a casual pace will expend more than 770 kcal in a day if done with this frequency and duration.”
These were older patients, average age 63, and they had coronary artery disease. A younger, healthier person might expend more than 770 calories in a day … just by getting up and walking around every 20 minutes. Right? No gym membership, no universals, no jogging for miles (of course you can still do all those things).
Ready, set, get up!
What can you do for 7 minutes? Maybe some of these:
This sounds interesting, I’m going to give it a try to see what happens. I will report back in a month. I hope this works it’s very cheap and doable.
I think 30 minutes is easier to do than 20 minutes but that’s only 2 times/hour not 3 times.
It makes you realize how important our body parts are, and how we need to take care of them. Any pain and there won’t be much standing … back, ankles, knees, hips, legs, a headache, fatigue. It all conspires to keep you sitting! Then again, I’m thankful I can stand at all.
I’ve been doing this for a couple of months now and I haven’t lost any weight connected with doing this, but my heart and circulation must be benefiting and I’m not as stiff. I have noticed that I’m now getting lazy and only getting up every half hour, but it’s still better then doing nothing at all. I did notice it’s very easy to get to 10,000 steps a day so I will continue. I do the walk at home exercises and lightly jump on my mini trampoline.
Thank you for posting back. You encourage me to keep doing it. It seems to help my brain. Whenever I stand up and walk around then return to what I was doing, I think better. Maybe as you say, circulation.