Does Cooking Prevent You From Exercising?

I am by no means a feminist. If it were up to me, I’d be dressing up as Betty Draper every single day, cooking for my husband in red lipstick around the clock. This idea is frowned upon by many women of my generation, but I don’t care, I love cooking for people, and taking care of them.

I also love being healthy, and I’ve found that cooking every single one of my meals ensures that I know what’s going into them, and that I’m not going to be consuming a lot of junk. Not only that, but cooking is fun. I have a blast putting together new recipes and get even happier when people tell me that my cooking tastes good.

However, this may not exactly be a great thing. Researchers from Ohio State University have just conducted a study in which they analyzed U.S. Census data from more than 112,000 American adults.

They found that a 10-minute increase in meal preparation was associated with a lower likelihood of exercising for 10 more minutes. The findings applied for men and women, both single and married, with and without children.

According to the study, 16 percent of men and 12 percent of women said they’d exercised the previous day, and their average times spent in making food was 17 minutes for men and 44 minutes for women. People spent less than one hour on both exercising and meal preparation on the same day.

So, wait, that sucks. One healthy habit can take away from another one? Whatever, I’d so much rather continue preparing my own meals, for anyone who wishes to try them. I’ll just use this statistic to motivate myself more.

Ally Batista | Elite.

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