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Exercise means lesser obesity, but a new study has again revealed that weight loss rates do vary by ethnic, gender, and racial differences – and also if their work allows for it.

Dong-Chul Seo, an obesity expert studying over 12,000 participants aged 20 to 64, has concluded that obesity rates were inversely proportionate to leisure time physical activity. This means that obesity rates were dropping as physical activity increased. Obesity rates dropped the steepest for Caucasian women as they followed the minimum national guidelines prescribed for physical activity.

The study revealed that even if leisure time physical activity or LTPA worked well for Caucasians to counter weight gain and obesity, Hispanics and Africans have different physical activity requirements. Hispanics were found to have obesity rates dropping drastically whenever occupational physical activity or OPA (not in their leisure time) increased.
Obviously, this shatters the conventional wisdom that exercise only done during leisure time works for everyone.

Researchers do point out that this finding now underscores the value of physical activity in the workplace, most particularly true for those who engage in sedentary work. A number of studies have also pointed out that productivity in the workplace increases by 25% whenever employers encourage physical wellness and regular exercise programs or incentives within the organization. “As employers, you’re not only giving your employees a chance for health enhancement but along the way you’re increasing their productivity levels at work.”

Head researcher Seo also points out that workout spaces should be present in the workplace, but most importantly, the incentive to do more physical activity before or after their work hours. Indeed a good motivation to encourage weight loss.

But how do they measure?

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey gathered data from 199 to 2006 and is unique in such a way that physical measures of weight and height are given more importance than self reports. Metabolic Equivalents or MET are also measured during leisure time physical activity. MET measures the total amount of physical activity compared to other forms of physical activity. As an example, a 30-minute brisk walk is measured at 100MET where national guidelines prescribe at least 450-750MET minutes per week. If you run for 30minutes at the speed of 6mph, that’s about 300MET.

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Walking is a great exercise that doesn’t require any expensive equipment. And it works the largest muscles in the body, so it has many benefits, from weight loss to cardiovascular health to diabetic blood sugar control.

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