Fidget Your Way to Longer Life
Every Little Bit of Activity -- Even the Kind You Barely Notice -- May Count
The participants' self-rated physical activity levels were pretty similar
across the board. No group claimed to be much more active than everyone
But the objective data told a different story. In other words, some
participants burned calories without even noticing it.
"Most importantly, this accumulation is from usual daily activities that
expend energy and not necessarily from volitional exercise," write Manini
And by the researchers' calculations, every extra 287 calories burned per
day roughly equaled a 30% drop in participants' death rate.
The findings need to be confirmed, partly because the study was small, the
Journal editorialists Steven Blair, PED, and William Haskell, PhD,
Blair works in Dallas at The Cooper Institute; Blair is on staff at Stanford
University's medical school. They call Manini's study "striking."
But will ultra-easy activity -- like getting up to change the TV channel
manually -- really add to your years? Stay tuned.
"Ultimately, public health experts should consider how these results can
be translated into recommendations for individuals," Blair and Haskell
Meanwhile, you've nothing to lose by adding more activity to your day, even
if it's the type that makes personal trainers yawn.