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Only 1 in 5 Americans Gets Enough Exercise

Only 1 in 5 Americans Gets Enough Exercise | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

The news was less disappointing for aerobic exercise, with 51.6% of adults getting the recommended amount, than it was for muscle-strengthening activities, with only 29.3% getting the recommended amount.

The overall exercise rates also varied widely by state, ranging from 13% in Tennessee and West Virginia to 27% in Colorado.

The report was published in the May 3 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a CDC publication.

"Exercise not only helps with weight management, it helps reduce anxiety and depression; boosts energy, immunity and brain power; and significantly lowers the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease," she said.

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should get at least:

=>  two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walkin

=>  or an hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging.

In addition, adults should do muscle-strengthening activities, such as push-ups, sit-ups or activities using resistance bands or weights. These exercises should be done two or more days a week and work all major muscle groups, the guidelines suggested.

The highest proportion of adults meeting those guidelines were in the West (24 percent) and the Northeast (21 percent). Women, Hispanics and older and obese adults were less likely to meet the guidelines

"Simple steps to start moving include: enlisting a friend or family member to join you; taking a walk every evening after dinner; getting up and marching in place at every TV commercial; limiting TV and computer time; [and] scheduling your time to exercise in your daily calendar,

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

The authors put a positive spin on this report but half of Americans are not exercising even at these modest recommendation levels (75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week).  The muscle strengthening data is even worse: 80% of Americans are not doing it.

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:33 AM

I actually thought the numbers were higher for those non- exercisers. Tis a pity- I can't imagine life without training..

 

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Get out of your chair and 'Stand App'

Get out of your chair and 'Stand App' | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

My comment:  There is much enthusiasm about mobile health #mHealth and connected health #cHealth and electronic health #eHealth.  Here's an app for a new category?  Is this immobile health?  Or sedentary health #sHealth?

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Stand App is really straightforward: If you have a desk job, download this free app and tell it at which specific interval you would like to be reminded to get up.

Available on: iPhone
Price: Free
Should you get it? Yes, if you need a reminder to get up from your desk job

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Baby Boomers Less Fit Than Last Generation

Baby Boomers Less Fit Than Last Generation | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it

Because for all the talk of jogging, playing basketball on new knees and lacing up skates for late-night ice hockey games, it turns out baby boomers may be in worse shape than the generation that came before. That would be the one that, if urged by an ad to “just do it,” might have replied, “Just do what?”

Writing this month in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers offered a portrait of boomerdom at odds with its popular portrayal, and perhaps with its sense of itself. They found that boomers were more likely to be obese, more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes -- and less likely to be physically active.

 

Seth Bilazarian, MD's insight:

And if there is not a significant cultural change in nutrition and exercise habits the Gen X and Gen Y generation will be even worse.  Exercise and eat right! => save yourself.

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