At the end of the study, the researchers established four distinct groups of people, depending on how much they moved throughout the day.
1,173 of the participants were “active couch potatoes,” 1,199 were “sedentary light movers,” 694 were “sedentary exercisers” and 636 were “movers,”
Both active couch potatoes and sedentary light movers exercised for 30 minutes daily and sat down for the rest of the day. However, the sendendary light movers were 40% more active than the active couch potatoes.
Sedentary exercisers sat for long hours but indulged in an hour of daily exercise.
The movers on the other hand not only exercised for an hour, but they also indulged in two extra hours of movement during their daily chores.
After having compared all these groups, the researchers found that the active couch potatoes had the worst blood sugar control, body fat percentage and cholesterol levels.