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Kicking two unhealthy habits may bring big results
戒除兩項壞習慣可帶來大成效

Students at Rose Hill Elementary School choose the salad bar for lunch in Commerce City, Colorado on May 1.
位於科羅拉多州科默斯城的玫瑰崗小學學童五月一日在校內沙拉吧點選午餐。

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Among the deluge of advice on how to be healthier, a new study suggests changing just two particular habits would go a long way toward helping people shape up: Get off the couch, and eat more fruits and vegetables.

In the study, researchers asked participants to take part in various combinations of healthy activities. The researchers divided the study’s 204 participants into four groups.

The group that was told to spend less time being sedentary and to eat more fruits and veggies increased the amount of fruits and vegetables they ate from one daily serving to almost three, on average, and they cut the amount of free time they spent being sedentary by more than 90 minutes per day. That group also changed other unhealthy habits in the process and saw the greatest overall gains.

Meanwhile, those in the study who were working toward other combinations of goals, such as exercising more and eating less fat, fared less well overall.

Researchers concluded that focusing on cutting sedentary time and adding more fruits and veggies ended up also limiting fatty food intake, which often occurs during the hours spent in front of the television.

(Liberty Times)

一份新研究認為,在有關如何變得更健康的大量建議中,只要改變兩項特定習慣就對促進健康大有幫助:離開沙發,以及多吃蔬果。

在這份研究中,研究人員要求參與者參與多種不同組合的健康活動,把兩百零四名參與者分成四組。

被告知要減少久坐不動時間和多吃蔬果的那組,他們所吃的蔬果量都提高了,平均從每天一份增加到將近三份,而且每天閒暇時坐著不動的時間也減少九十幾分鐘。這組人在過程中也改變了其他不健康習慣,整體進步最多。

而研究中努力達成其他多個目標組合的人,例如多運動、少攝取脂肪等,整體成效沒那麼好。

研究人員結論認為,專注於減少久坐時間及多吃蔬果,最終也會限制通常在看電視時會吃的高脂肪量食物攝取量。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. go a long way v. phr.

大有幫助 (da4 you3 bang1 zhu4)

例: His advice went a long way toward making our company more profitable.

(他的建議對於讓我們公司更賺錢非常有幫助。)

2. participant n.

參與者 (can1 yu4 zhe3)

例: The marathon participants have already started the race.

(馬拉松參與者已開始比賽。)

3. sedentary adj.

久坐的 (jiu3 zuo4 de5)

例: People who lead a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to cardiovascular diseases.

(生活中久坐的人們較易得到心血管疾病。)


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