A half-hour may make all the difference when it comes to improving body mass index. Encourage clients to swap out inactive time for sleep or light- to moderate-intensity exercise to lower BMI.

An international research group found that replacing 30 minutes of television time, for example, with sleep or light physical activity was linked to lower BMI levels. Substituting moderate to vigorous exercise for 30 minutes of inactivity was associated with lower blood pressure and lower BMI. The study shows that small lifestyle changes may lead to meaningful improvements in heart health.

The research appeared in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2021; 53 [4], 724–31).

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