Scientists have found that long periods of walking could actually be better for you than high intensity exercise.
Low intensity exercise improves insulin sensitivity and blood lipid levels at a better rate than an hour long high octane workout, according to a study published in journal PLOS ONE.
These levels are indicators of diabetes and obesity.
Researchers from Maastricht University in Holland, split 18 youngsters aged 19 to 24 into three groups – one sat for 14 hours doing no exercise, the second sat for 13 hours but did an hour of vigorous exercise, and the final group sat for six hours, walked for four and stood for two.
It was found that when energy expended was the same, cholesterol and lipid levels were significantly improved in the group that exercised over a longer period, far more than in the other two groups.