Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Staying in Shape Does Not Necessarily Require Going to the Gym

As a setup manager for the Charleston Battery in South Carolina, Andrew Khoury helps prepare the field and stadium for the American professional soccer club’s matches. Andrew Khoury also attends Charleston Southern University, where he majors in kinesiology.

The latest issue of Kinesiology Today, published quarterly by the American Kinesiology Association, confirms the importance of physical activity for health. Surprisingly, this activity does not necessarily have to come in the form of a scheduled workout or exercise routine.

According to the article, which cites a study that surveyed 130,000 people, simple daily tasks like household chores and active errands can help increase your life expectancy and improve your overall health. Study participants who engaged in at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week were less likely to develop heart disease and had a lower mortality rate.

The study found that it makes little difference whether you get your workout at the gym or at home by cleaning the house and/or mowing the lawn. The most important thing is to stay active.