Favorite Physical Activities Are Cooking and Snacking


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(Sept. 16) -- Americans continue to fail at fitness -- but at least we're acing it in the kitchen. And some of us seem to be cooking up quite a sweat during meal prep or while we add a lime to our Corona, according to the results of a new survey on physical activity.

A report published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine recaps the daily nonwork, nonsleep activities of 80,000 American adults, and splits them up based on relative intensities (sedentary, light, moderate and vigorous).

Only 5 percent of people evaluated got any vigorous activity -- think running, biking or strength training -- in a given day. Could it have been because they were too busy in the kitchen? After all, food and drink preparation was the most frequent moderately vigorous behavior reported by study participants.

And when we weren't preparing all-out repasts, we were probably whipping up a quick snack. Along with phone calls, television and reading, snack prep ranked high on the list of preferred daily activities.

Just as an FYI, it's advised that American adults get around 75 weekly minutes of vigorous aerobic activity and another 150 minutes of moderately intense activity. And sorry, guys, but cooking really doesn't count.

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