27 Mar / Work. Walk. Work. (NY Times)
“It’s clear that moving matters.”
That’s the bottom line assessment of Dr. Jack Groppel, a founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, as reported in the New York Times.
Dr. Groppel’s study of the corrosive effects of uninterrupted sitting yields a very simple recommendation to sedentary workers – walk for 5 minutes every hour during the work day.
The study, which compared all-day-sitters with those who walked for 5 minutes per hour, clearly showed the a range of benefits to the walking segment.
The walkers reported greater happiness, less fatigue and considerably less craving for food.
The subjects’ ratings of how they were feeling rose when they did not sit for six uninterrupted hours.
They also noted that the walking breaks did not cause people to feel more tired or hungry, but instead had the opposite effect.
As the doctor says – moving matters.
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