Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Everyday activity critical to weight loss

A new study shows that big workouts at the gym aren't necessary for weight loss. Apparently,
ordinary daily movements can shed pounds
.

Researchers put volunteers into special underwear that recorded every tiny motion and change in posture, revealing that it's the little movements (or lack of same) throughout the day that can add up to a huge difference. They might have saved themselves time and expense by talking to the mothers of toddlers, who know all too well how much energy is expended daily by keeping the body in continuous motion.

Looking to drop a few pounds? Start fidgeting! And remember, that strange guy on the bus who won't stop shaking his leg is probably just burning off those Krispy Kremes he had for breakfast.

8 comments:

P. A. Moed said...

Since I read this, I've been observing some severely overweight people (for whatever reason they both work in Dunkin Donuts around here!), and you can see how they economize motion, in comparison to the thinner employees. Interesting!

Patry Francis said...

I read that article, too. Even considered the idea of setting up a treadmill in front of my computer, but after I tried a few minutes of walking in place, decided it wouldnever work.

Matt Getty said...

Fascinating . . How is it then that we supposedly have simultaneous hyperactivity and obesity epidemics among today's children? Perhaps my parents' choice to shield me from ritalin paid off.

bevjackson said...

Well, if fidgeting counted I should be a reed (and I'm not, dammit)

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Patti - interesting observation. It's probably not a coincidence that the overweight individuals are working at Dunkin Donuts, either.

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Patry, I thought it was interesting that the researcher who did the study set up a treadmill in his office afterward and now spends his entire day on it, to keep himself moving all the time. Can you imagine rows of cubicles with treadmills in them and the plop of slow footsteps all around?

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Interesting point Matt. I think the study did point out that even if one is very active throughout the day, it won't counteract overeating and junk food habits.

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Too funny Bev!