Guidelines Suggest Exercise IS the Fountain of Youth
Evidently, the Fountain of Youth does not shower us with blessings if we sit on the couch and play video games.
From tons of recent research scientists have confirmed what healthy, long-lived people know – that older sharp minds and useful bodies come as a result of exercise, a heart-healthy diet as well as living with purpose and socializing.
To help Americans understand what they need to do to benefit from exercise, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Key points from the Guidelines:
- Any activity is better than none.
- Activity should be in addition to doing baseline daily activities.
- Activity can be done in episodes of at least 10 minutes duration, preferably spread throughout the week.
- There are many ways people can meet these Guidelines.
- More health benefits are gained with more activity.
- The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks.
I like the Guidelines no-excuses, straightforward approach. It calls for all Americans, even those with chronic conditions such as arthritis, to roll off the couch and engage in both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities each week.
Exercise Guidelines for Americans
Adults should exercise:
- 150 minutes (2 hours, 30 minutes) of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week
- OR 75 minutes (1 hour, 15 minutes) of vigorous activity
- OR an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity each week.
- Adults should do muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days per week.
Do you exercise this much? What works for you?
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans