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What have you done to move today ?

Yeah!! Today is Friday. I love Fridays as they signify the end of the week and the beginning of the weekend for me. Weekends are  busy for me but it is still more relaxed than the work week. I normally start Saturdays with a run early in the morning (5:30am) accompanied by my running buddies. And incase you are wondering I am not training for a race at least none that I know of, however I have decided to keep my running schedule going, regardless of whether I have an upcoming race or not. Once I finish running, I spend the rest of my day at one soccer game or another as both my sons play soccer.

Did you move today ? Are you planning to move today ? I moved today even though it was very cold (41 degrees), the benefits of exercising outweigh my personal feeling with regards to cold weather 🙂 Studies have proven the health benefits of physical activity and muscle strengthening regardless of age, sex or ethnic group. Regular exercise will help you live longer by reducing your risk of premature death. It will help you live healthier by reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, depression, colon cancer, breast cancer and type 2 diabetes. It will even keep your mind sharp as you age. We are all aging albeit at different rates and exercise can help provide positive results during that process.

Based on recommendations from the Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity guidelines for American adults include 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity or 1.25 hours of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week in addition to muscle strengthening exercises at least twice a week.

The CDC publication reports that more than half (51.6 percent) of U.S. adults are meeting the recommendations for aerobic activity, but less than one-third (only 29.3 percent), fit in enough muscle strengthening exercise each week. A mere 20 percent manage to satisfy both guidelines. While it’s unfortunate that a greater percentage of adults are not meeting both requirements of the guidelines, I find it encouraging that more than half have taken to aerobic activity.

Moderate physical activities include brisk walking, water aerobics, dancing and gardening, while vigorous activities include race walking, jogging, running, jumping rope, swimming laps, and hiking. Muscle strengthening exercises include calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups, squats and lunges), weight training (with weights or bands) and heavy gardening.

So do you fall into the 20% ? If yes what does your exercise routine consist of ? If you don’t  fall into the 20%,  you can start today by making exercise a priority. I understand that today’s world is a busy one, and fitting in exercise can feel like a challenge, however make it a priority, start slowly and before you know it, you will be part of the 20%.  I know you can do it.

Have a healthy weekend.




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