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How Much Exercise do We REALLY Need?

 

Move more, sit less. That's it in a soundbite. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans need to move more, and sit less.

Only about 1 in 5 adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain good health. The guidelines are based on current scientific evidence supporting the connection between physical activity, overall health and well-being, disease prevention and quality of life.

Basically, if you want to live a long, healthy, high-quality life, you got to move, and you really should move everyday.

First, what does it mean to not move enough? That's what we call a sedentary lifestyle. You're considered sedentary if you move for LESS than 150 minutes per week. 150 minute a week of moderate activity (brisk walking, water aerobics, dancing, gardening, slow biking) breaks down to 22 minutes a day, 7 days a week. So if you have to walk the dog twice a day- you're good! You are effectively lowering your risk of Type II diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain types of cancer. 

Well, it turns out that the 150 minutes a week of moderate activity is a good place to start, but...we need more.  We need to break a sweat.

The latest recommendation is...drum roll please...300 minutes a week where you break a sweat. Walking up hill, running (I know you hate it), swimming laps, aerobic dancing (yeah- that's what WE do at EZ Fit!), tennis, cycling 10 mph or faster, jumping rope, Circuit Training (again- EZ Fit Mondays) Tabata's (EZ Fit Fridays).

What if you're just starting out? Build up to it. Yes, 10 minute Fitbreaks work! Take a walk, do some yoga, clean the house, wash the car- just do something! 

At EZ Fit we offer Live classes plus Fitbreaks; 10 minute workouts to help get you moving more.

If you want to:

  • Sleep better
  • Improve Bone Health
  • Lower symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Lower risk of falling
  • Improved Memory, Attention, and Focus

Move more, sit less...

And join EZ Fit in 10!

 

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