Humans evolved to walk many hours a day, searching for the sustenance that would carry them into the following day, when they could walk around some more. When we deprive our bodies and brains of those walking hours, things don’t turn out so swell.
For we who have yet to adopt compensating behaviors, many a roustabout will suggest a program of gym workouts, or dashing around on pavement. Happily, new data suggest they can invest the energy they spend clap-trapping in additional running: Slow’n'steady wins the human race. At least in some categories.
This study split a group of young adults into two categories. One group would exercise vigorously one hour a day. That’s a lot, right?
The other would spend four hours walking, and two hours standing.
Which group would show more impressive results in their insulin response and plasma lipids (blood fats)?
For yonks and yonks I have coveted a treadmill desk. Apparently, if you walk at 3 miles an hour or something, you can still read a screen just fine. But until I haul a treadmill up these stairs, I will settle for something like this: