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Study participants with only moderately active lifestyles experienced an up to 30% decreased chance of premature death as compared to their sedentary counterparts. Of course life expectancy increases with more dedication to an active, healthy lifestyle; however, it is encouraging that every little bit counts. Knowing that quick bouts of gentle, enjoyable movement have such a significant impact on health may motivate a non-exerciser to simply give it a try. Specifically, 90 to 110 calories burned daily contributes greatly to one’s disease prevention, stress management, overall physical and emotional wellbeing and, ultimately, longevity.
When the non-exerciser is ready for a more structured gym workout, there really is something for everyone. Circuit training is an excellent choice. Only 11 minutes of circuit training burns 100 calories, but the non-exerciser–now-turned-exerciser is already there so she might as well stay for the entire workout. Forty-five minutes of circuit training burns 408 calories, plus metabolism is elevated for up to 72 hours. This is an added bonus for anyone on a weight loss journey.
Plus, the study found it is more risky to be sedentary than it is to be obese. In other words, being obese yet active is healthier than being a normal body weight yet inactive.
The non-exerciser needs only to take a small step toward better health by burning a mere 100 calories per day indefinitely. Everyone has to start somewhere. However, this realistic and enjoyable amount of physical activity may likely catalyze increased motivation for even more exercise. Increased adherence to an active lifestyle begets improved fitness, a healthy body weight and many other enticing positive outcomes. Ultimately it is an ascending positive feedback loop that just might begin with a simple Frisbee toss.
Sources of information for this article are as follows:
- University of Cambridge. "Lack of exercise responsible for twice as many early deaths as obesity." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 January 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150114143118.htm>.
- Website: My Fitness Pal, Calories Burned from Exercise [http://www.myfitnesspal.com/exercise/lookup].