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4 out of 5 Americans Aren’t Getting Enough Exercise

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  • A new report report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that roughly 20 percent of U.S. adults are getting the recommended amount of exercise.
  • According to MedicalNewsToday.com, most Americans are falling short in the area of strength training. Research revealed only one in five U.S. adults is meeting the requirements for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening components of the physical activity guideline issued by the federal government.
  • Research was based on a phone survey of adults aged 18 and older issued by state health departments.
  • Current recommendations in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans suggest adults should be engaging in muscle-strengthening activities, such as sit-ups, push-ups, or activities involving resistance bands or weights. Adults should also be getting at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as walking, or one hour, 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging.
  • One bit of good news was that nearly 50 percent of Americans are currently getting the recommended amount of aerobic activity, and one-third are getting the recommended amount of muscle-strengthening activity.
  • The CDC believes this is a “great foundation to build on,” but there is still much work to be done. One area it feels the nation can improve on is improving access to “safe and convenient places where people can be physically active.”

Find more information at Medical News Today and USA Today.

 

 

 

May 3rd, 2013

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