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Gym-goers most likely to laze about, survey suggests

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Although gym-goers would like to think their exercise has done them a great deal of good, it appears most of their hard work is undone by the periods of idleness that follow.

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Although gym-goers would like to think their exercise has done them a great deal of good, it appears most of their hard work is undone by the periods of idleness that follow. A recent study has revealed that although fitness nuts would appear more active than their couch potato counterparts, both groups spend the same amount of time sitting down. According to huffingtonpost.co.uk, researchers at the Northwestern University in Chicago instructed 91 healthy women aged between 40-75 to don an activity monitor device during working hours. This recorded time spent sitting down, standing and partaking in 10 minute bouts of exercise. Figures provided by dailymail.co.uk show that throughout the week, the group had no problem with exceeding the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity. However, they also had no problem with taking a well-earned rest. Despite reaching their weekly amount of exercise, the women went on to spend nine hours per day sitting down, according to the 'International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity'. This means they still run an increased risk of developing obesity or even cancers and diabetes. Seemingly acknowledging that those investing in a garden gym have little distance between their sofa and their apparatus, Northwestern professor Lynette Craft was keen to highlight where they might be going wrong. "If these people could replace some of the sitting with light activity - just getting up, moving around, maybe standing up when talking on the phone, walking down the hall instead of sending an email - we do think they could gain health benefits," she advised.

Author:

Richard Towey

5th November 2012