As the Holiday season winds down, now is the time some consider a new fitness and lifestyle change for the New Year. According to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report, approximately 80% of US adults and adolescents are insufficiently active.
For adults, sufficient physical activity is defined as at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic physical activity each week and 2 days a week of muscle strengthening activity. This breaks out to about 20 minutes per day. But, if life happens, that often means an hour 3 days per week.
Now that 80% of us feel guilty, it is important to remember the way you feel after being active. Benefits include:
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- Reduced risk of chronic diseases
- Better sleep
These are the evidence of your effort, the proof in the pudding!
The PAL Guidelines also state that ANY amount of physical activity is beneficial, so do what’s possible when time allows. Just try to keep the weekly goal of 150 minutes aerobic and 2 days strength in mind. Thanks to the creativity of fitness instructors, there are countless ways to get moving and have fun doing it.
(Katrina L. Piercy, et al., 2018)