I know a lot of people who don’t bother trying to get much physical activity because they think if the don’t exercise at the gym for an hour there’s no point. But as a Weighthacker you know that things like NEAT movements and even light activities like pacing while you talk on the phone all add up.
New research from the University of Utah now confirms that literally every single minute of activity you do can help you lose weight and get fit, even if you only do it one minute at a time:
Every minute of movement counts toward the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity we’re all supposed to be getting each week. University of Utah researchers found that each minute spent engaging in some kind of moderate to vigorous physical activity was associated with lower BMI and lower weight.
The takeaway here is that doing something — anything — instead of nothing can help you. Park your car further away from the entrance at work or when you go shopping so you’ll walk a bit more. Take the stairs instead of the escalator, or walk down the platform and back while you’re waiting for the subway.
The minutes may not seem like much when you’re doing them, but science has proven that they all add up over time.