We’ve all heard the advice to find ways to be more active during the day: Take the stairs instead of the elevator; park in a spot far away from the store entrance to walk a little farther; or get off the bus one stop early and walk to your destination.
While it is relatively easy to make these changes, do you ever wonder if they really make a meaningful difference for your health? I know I do. I always take the stairs, but it just doesn’t feel as important as putting on my sneakers and heading out the door for a planned brisk walk or run. Turns out it is.
A new study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion reminded me that literally every step I take during the day really does make me healthier.
The study’s results showed that people who met the physical activity guidelines (at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week) had similar health outcomes regardless of whether they achieved it using a structured exercise approach (10 minutes or more of exercise at a time) or an active lifestyle approach (less than 10 minutes of exercise at a time). The authors looked at several positive health outcomes associated with activity, such as total cholesterol, blood pressure, and waist circumference. Continue reading