The More You Earn, The More Sedentary You Are?
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The More Money You Make, The More Sedentary You Are?

A study led by the American Cancer Society has uncovered some interesting conclusions about the activity levels of wealthy people.

It turns out that the more money a person earns, the more active they are, but the more sedentary they also are. Let’s explain…

Wealthy people tend to be busy. On Monday through Friday, they can work anywhere from 40-60-80 hours. With that kind of schedule, there’s little room for fitness, except on weekends.

In fact, this is what ends up happening. Wealthy people reserve the vast majority of their physical activities for the weekend. They’ll go on a Sunday morning jog, bike ride, or hike with the family. But during the week, they’re all about business.

So basically, the exercise numbers for wealthy people are a bit skewed. While it’s true that they tend to engage in higher intensity workouts, they don’t work out the same amount of days as most people.

The study discovered that people who make over $75,000 per year perform 4.6 more daily minutes of moderate to intense physical activity than people earning less than $20,000 per year. On the flip side, high earners spend around 11.8 more minutes each day being sedentary, presumably from sitting at an office desk on their computer.

The term “weekend warrior” comes from the idea of getting one’s ‘burn in’ on Saturday and Sunday. You know, the only two days where the person isn’t working. While it would be far better if these people were working out every day, a high-intensity weekend workout is certainly better than doing nothing.

One of the leaders of the study, Dr. Shuval, says that physical activity should not be treated as a one-size fits all model. Instead, it should be tailored to the needs of both high and low-income individuals.

In total, just 5% of U.S. adults meet the appropriate physical activity standards in general. This is something that must change across all income brackets and classes of people. Even if you have an office job, there’s always time to work out. You just have to make the time.

Does “making the time” mean waking up at 4:30am to go to the gym? Maybe (yikes!). But if it means getting healthy, it might just be worth it.

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