How Can Flying Affect Fitness?

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    A couple of weeks ago, a study was released by the Mayo Clinic that used 2,223 participants to gauge just how much fitness was negated from sitting (which is what we are doing on airplanes). Obviously, this decrease in fitness or workout benefit extends beyond that of sitting on an airplane and includes any type of long-term sitting. It is not a pleasant thought to think that not doing anything can hurt our hard workouts! How Sitting Affects Fitness Derived From Activity The study (as reported by Runner’s World) showed that, for runners, “each time unit of sitting cancels out 8 percent of your gain from the same amount of running.” That means that if you have a transcontinental flight (say, 5.5 hours) and you ran for an hour before your flight, you will have lost 55% of the fitness gained by that one hour run. And that percentage is just for an intense workout like running. For activities of less intensity, the loss is at a 16% amount for each hour of sitting.... The post How Can Flying Affect Fitness? appeared first on Running with Miles.

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