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Surprising factors that will help you stay fit

23 Oct 2018, 04:03 GMT+10

Washington D.C. [USA], Oct 22 (ANI): Ever wondered why some people stay fit effortlessly, while the majority of people struggle with their weight?

Sure, genetics and a healthy lifestyle play a large role, but there are other, more surprising correlations that may be helping them stay slim.

-They live near a gym: A recent observational study, published in the journal Lancet Public Health, found that people living within a kilometer (a little more than half a mile) of physical activity facilities -- including gyms, swimming pools, and playing fields -- weighed less and had smaller waists than those who didn't. The difference was greater in women and those with higher incomes. The study does not prove cause and effect, but it does reinforce the impact of the built environment, including city design, on body weight.

-They fidget a lot: People with the highest levels of spontaneous physical activity, including fidgeting, tend to weigh less. Although fidgeting has a strong genetic and biological component, increasing non-exercise-related physical activity -- including walking, standing, cooking and even gardening -- can also play a significant role in keeping people trim. The impact of mechanization and labor-saving devices, including dishwashers, washing machines, escalators and cars utilized in driving to work leads to a 111-calorie reduction in daily energy expenditure.

According to CNN, eating spicy food and living at a higher elevation also contribute for weight loss.

But even if one doesn't fall into those categories, they can live a healthy lifestyle by exercising daily, less sedentary behavior, better sleep and a healthful diet. (ANI)

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