Normal activity as good as gym exercise
If you've signed up for a gym membership, you've been hoodwinked into one of the biggest retail scams of the past half-century. But don't feel too bad, because you're hardly alone: Millions of Americans waste billions of dollars on gym memberships many of them barely use.
But even people who wear out their membership cards aren't getting their money's worth, because a new study confirms that ordinary movements throughout the day can help prevent metabolic syndrome every bit as well as regular sweat-and-torture sessions in a gym.
These everyday movements don't have to be anything special. You don't have to break out into jumping jacks while waiting for the ATM or do sit-ups while watching TV.
All you have to do is take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away, and rake the leaves yourself instead of paying the neighborhood delinquent to do it for you.
Try some gardening, or daily walks in the park. Or, if you're really feeling spry, hit the tennis court or practice your golf swing out on the back nine.
But for God's sake, DON'T join a gym -- because the study of more than 6,000 adults also finds that only 10 percent of the gym dummies actually get the right amount of physical activity needed for good health.
Apparently, paying $49 a month to visit a treadmill twice a week (if that) doesn't cut it.
Meanwhile, a full 43 percent of the adults who focus on getting natural daily activity actually get the recommended levels of physical activity.
I'd say sign yourself up for THAT... but unlike gyms, you don't need to sign a contract to take the stairs.