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Researchers Urge Public ‘Get Up and Move!’

The Los Angeles Times reports that getting the recommended 150 minutes per week of exercise may not be sufficient to ward off negative health outcomes, but rather the remainder of ones time should also be spent moving around. A study published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys for 2,286 people 60 and older whose physical activity had been monitored. Researchers found that the people in this sample spent almost 9 out of their 14 waking hours sedentary and also that “Fifty-two percent reported arthritis, 58% reported hypertension and 30% reported obesity.” The findings are important because decreasing sedentary behavior in older adults may be a more realistic goal than increasing moderate to rigorous physical activity.

Read it in the Los Angeles Times.