EDLAB Education Innovation Project: Education That Moves You

Healthy living: daily activities will do the trick

Did you know a healthy lifestyle does not require you to head to the gym daily? Just moving more in your daily life can already do the job! 

At EDLAB, we have been paying much attention to the negative consequences of our daily sitting habits. Recent research showed that sitting for more than 7 to 8 hours a day increases the risk of death. However, extreme exercise, in return, does not seem to be the answer. Instead, moderate-intensity activity can create a balance, which can diminish the negative effects of sitting.

To find this balance, academics have designed the MET-score, rating how much energy a daily activity costs per hour. A list with 821 activities in 21 categories will help you reach the recommended 500 MET minutes a week. Cleaning your house, playing music, cycling to work, and many more simple activities will help you achieve this score. Try to balance out your sitting hours with these MET minutes, and you're on the right track!

Go to EDLAB's Education That Moves You project page.

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