By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
According to a new study, people who spend their time doing light physical activities are more likely to be healthy when compared to people who sit around doing nothing.
The study researchers used data collected from around 5,550 adults in the US who used accelerometers to track their movements. About half of the volunteers engaged in light-intensity activities, such as easy biking, playing an instrument, using Wii Fit, and gardening.
According to the results of the study, volunteers who participated in these types of tasks were more likely to have healthy levels of insulin and blood fat. While the exercise doesn’t exactly meet national guidelines, it’s still much better than hanging around on the couch all day watching TV.
“These findings demonstrate the importance of minimizing sedentary activities, and replacing some of them with light-intensity activities, such as pacing back and forth when on the phone, standing at your desk periodically instead of sitting and having walking meetings instead of sit-down meetings,” said study researcher Paul Loprinzi, an assistant professor at Bellarmine University.