Queens University Logo Ever wondered if a simple walk to the shop or a little fuss at work may actually be a fitness regime? Scientists at the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies have revealed that both factors of duration and intensity of incidental physical activities (IPA) are seemingly linked to cardiorespiratory fitness.

The intensity is specifically essential and ought to exceed by 30 minutes in normal physical work all through the day to secure long term health. Investigators describe IPA as a non-intended activity manifested through everyday activities such as household chores, using stairs or just taking a walk to any place.

“It’s encouraging to know that if we just increase our incidental activity slightly–a little bit more work around the house, or walking down the hall to speak with a co-worker as opposed to sending an email–we can really benefit our health in the long-term. Best of all, these activities don’t take up a lot of time, they’re not difficult to do, and you don’t have to go to a gym,” commented Ashlee McGuire, the study’s lead researcher and a graduate student in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies.

Considering that a substantial number of the Canadian population doesn’t engage in stringent exercising activities, scientists wished to see whether the time of IPA had any sort of influence on cardiorespiratory fitness. The study revealed that no participants from Canada conformed to the guidelines of physical exercises. They were apparently involved in routine IPAs. An accelerometer was used to measure the activity levels that gauged the duration and intensity of motion. Participants were made to sport the accelerometer for a period of 7 days and were made to enroll for a trial that calculated their cardiorespiratory fitness.

The study is published in the journal of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.