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Keep on moving to keep metabolism up

from Quad Cities Online

There’s a plot, familiar to adventure film fans, in which the hero must keep moving or die.

Although the average person’s situation isn’t that dramatic, a lack of movement could be detrimental.

“Prolonged sitting slows down the metabolism regardless of fitness levels,” writes Arto Pesola, exercise physiologist, in an email interview.

That phrase “regardless of fitness levels” is important.

You can’t lull yourself into thinking you’re doing enough if you only follow the current guidelines to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week, health experts say.

You’re still coming up short.

That 150 minutes a week is only about 2 percent of the time you're awake during the week, and it isn't enough to go to the gym three times a week, says Dr. Srinivasan Beddhu, professor of medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City.

Instead, more consistent and frequent effort is needed. more


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