20-Year Study Shows Lack of Active Leisure Time Linked to Increased Obesity

The upcoming August issue of The American Journal of Medicine will publish new analysis of a remarkable 22-year study, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), that challenges the common narrative about obesity (we eat too much), and confirms what many of us may be experiencing in our own lives: we SIT too much.

With the advent of the Digital Age, our leisure “activities” have transformed into mostly leisure “inactivities”. As this study shows, the overall amount of calories we take in did not change in the last 22 years, but the amount of time we spent inactive (e.g. sitting in front of computers), especially among young women, rose sharply and in line with the increases in BMI and obesity. You can read more here at Elsevier.com

New evidence suggests that two hours of sedentary behavior can be just as harmful to our bodies as 20 minutes of exercise is beneficial. Read more here.

Makes you appreciate just how unique Koko FitClub is: a digital gym where more “screen” time means staying focused on increasing activity levels and burning more calories!
Michael Wood, CSCS
Chief Fitness Officer, Koko FitClub

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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.

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