Workout Suffers When Fresh Meals Need To Be Prepared

Posted by juggernautPT on April 23, 2013

Workout Suffers When Fresh Meals Need To Be Prepared
Workout Suffers When Fresh Meals Need To Be Prepared

Research has found that when it comes to balancing exercise with nutrition, the workout will often suffer in order to spend more time preparing a meal.

Researchers from Ohio State University looked at the behaviours of over 112,000 adults and discovered that a 10-minute increase in time spent preparing meals correlated to a lower likelihood of exercising for 10 additional minutes. On average, men in the study were found to spend 17 minutes per day preparing meals, while women spent 44 minutes doing so. Conversely, men spent 19 minutes exercising compared to women’s nine minutes.

Rachel Tumin, lead study author and a doctoral student in epidemiology in the College of Public Health at the university said, ‘If we assume, for example, that adults have 45 minutes of free time to allocate to health-promoting behaviours, maybe we need to look at that holistically and determine the optimal way to use that time… There's only so much time in a day. As people try to meet their health goals, there's a possibility that spending time on one healthy behaviour is going to come at the expense of the other. I think this highlights the need to always consider the trade-off between ideal and feasible time use for positive health behaviours.’

 


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