Sit Less, Move More, Avoid Obesity
Obese Americans get barely any vigorous activity, a study shows. Researchers used survey data on nearly 2,600 adults between the ages of 20 and 74 to find how much light, moderate, and vigorous exercise participants did each day. When it came to vigorous exercise, obese adults were less active than their normal-weight and overweight peers. Obese women got only an hour of vigorous exercise a year while obese men did only slightly better: 3.65 hours of vigorous exercise yearly. Participants of all sizes were sedentary most of the time—even more hours per day than they spent asleep. The bottom line for health: Sit less, move more.
Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, December 2013