Sneaking in Some Exercise Effective

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 5 (UPI) — Unintentional activity can help people burn a few extra calories, U.S. researchers suggest.

David Conroy, an associate professor of kinesiology and human development and family studies at Pennsylvania State University, said unintentional physical activity — such as climbing stairs instead of waiting for the elevator — helps prevent weight gain.

“It wasn’t the overall level of activity we focused on, it was specifically the unintentional activity — those little things that you don’t even think about that help you burn those extra few calories,” Conroy said in a statement.

Conroy and colleagues examined 200 college students for a connection between attitudes toward physical activity and levels of unintentional activity.

The study, published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, found a positive correlation between individuals with a positive attitude about physical activity and performing more unintentional physical activity.

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