‘Incidental activity’ such as bobbing your legs up and down, getting up to put the kettle on climbing stairs or walking around the office could help to boost long term fitness.
Researchers from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, conducted a study which involved monitoring the duration and intensity of any incidental activity using an accelerometer which volunteers wore on their right hip for a week. As well as measuring how much they moved, researchers also tested their cardio-respiratory fitness levels.
Generally the volunteers were sluggish, but those who managed 30 minutes or more of low grade physical activity each day had healthier hearts and respiratory systems.
Study leader Ashlee McGuire said: ‘It’s encouraging to know that if we just increase...