But when I was a medical intern almost 30 years ago, I bought my first car and promptly gained 30 lbs. No longer was I walking 3 miles roundtrip every day to the hospital. I wasn’t lugging a duffel bag full of dirty clothes to the laundromat.
So it hardly surprises me that a new study shows that things that predict sedentary behaviors (couch potato-itis) increase BMI, diabetes, and elevates the likelihood of having a heart attack. Chief amongst these couch potato cuplrits were having a car and having a TV (study was done in rich and poor countries around the world). The study’s authors note:
“These data extend the importance of physical activity and confirm a consistent protective effect of physical activity across all country income levels in addition to the known benefits of modifying traditional risk factors such as smoking. Furthermore, ownership of a car and TV, which promotes sedentary behaviour, was found to be independently associated with the risk of heart attacks.”
This amazing video talks more about the benefits of exercise? Can you commit to even starting to walk for 30 min, once a week???