How Exercise Impacts Inactivity

How Exercise Impacts Inactivity You made a resolution to get into better shape and have become a regular at the gym. What effect does this lifestyle change have on activity levels during the rest of your day? A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports suggests moderate to vigorous activity doesn't change your inactive hours.

Researchers tracked the lives of 27 male and female subjects in their late 30s and early 40s for 87 days. They engaged in Nordic walking, weight lifting and team sports for 30 to 150 minutes every other day. Although exercise increased daily time spent active, inactive time only decreased from 72% of the day to 68%, which wasn't considered significant.

True Strength Moment: For the purposes of this study, inactivity was defined as expending less energy than it would take to stand. So subjects were sitting or sleeping for 68% of the day even after 150 minutes of exercise. If they spent more time on their feet, it would change the equation. Read today's Performance Blog at for research on the importance of getting your head in the game.
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Amit Choudhary
Mar 12, 2014
Hi, I just workout 4 days a week for about 1 and half hour each time. Intensive training. I feel a huge difference in my performance throughout the day compared to when i don't workout regularly.