Long, moderate activity better for health
A day spent walking or standing does more for your health than a quick trip to the gym during a day otherwise spent mostly sitting. A study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that standing or walking for long stretches during the day improves both blood lipid levels and insulin sensitivity better than short bursts of intense activity once a day.
The study examined three groups of people. One group was asked to simply sit for 14 hours during the day, another group was asked to sit for 13 hours and then exercise vigorously for one hour, and the last group was asked to walk for four hours and stand for two hours during the day.
The people who exercised vigorously for an hour each day burned about the same amount of calories as the people who were moderately active throughout the day. But the group that was moderately active had significantly better cholesterol and lipid levels than the vigorously active group.