Imagine that you’re inside a grocery store and you spent almost an hour standing up and walking around. You walk a lot, have you? And then you believe that you have ticked off all the items in your grocery list, but while you were waiting in line at the cashier, you realize that you forgot 1 last item.
You try to remember which aisle is it that you saw this item, but you can’t. You’re thinking, if I go back into the grocery jungle, it’s going to take you at least 2 minutes to find it and then fall in line again.
So now you’re left with the dilemma to move or not to move. What do we say?
We say go walk an extra two minutes
Believe it or not, a recent study showed that those who move and walk around instead of sitting down for two minutes every hour had a lowered risk of dying by one-third.
This data comes from a study conducted by the Northwestern Medical School who studied 3,626 individuals for aging and has been with them for three years.
What does this mean for us?
We all know that we should not sit for long periods of time, as this can severely affect our health in a bad way. And we also do know that it is recommended to do a moderate activity for 2.5 hours per week. But what we don’t know is that being active for 2.5 hours per week isn’t enough. What happens to the rest of the 98 percent of the time that we are awake? What are we supposed to do with it?
This is why for the optimum benefit, aside from your daily cardio exercise, make sure that you stand every now and then and move. It doesn’t even have to be brisk walking, as long as you are moving and not sitting down, you’re winning.
So the next time you think that walking and wasting two minutes of getting lost or taking a longer route is going to hurt your schedule, think again. It’s going to give you more benefits in the long run.
And for those who do not know how to manage fitting in two minutes of activity, watch this video as there are some simple household chores that can actually help you move: