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1979: Members of the British comedy team, Monty Python, during the filming of their controversial film 'The Life of Brian', (from left) John Cleese as a centurion, Michael Palin as Pontius Pilate and Graham Chapman as Biggus Dickus. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

A study by an Arizona State University professor shows that a famous Monty Python sketch may provide an effective form of exercise, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Glenn Gaesser is an exercise physicist and long-time Monty Python fan. He says the “silly walk,” as performed by John Cleese uses more than twice the energy of a regular walking pace. He equates the silly walk with running more than five minutes. He added that 15 minutes a day of the silly walk meets the “guidelines for weekly vigorous activity.” The “Ministry of Silly Walks” sketch features silly walks by cast members John Cleese and Michael Palin. Dr. Gaesser says the walk by Cleese’s character “Mr. Teabag” is the more effective exercise. Gaesser’s findings were published in the British Medical Journal.

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