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Exercise Recommendations

Posted on January 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Back in 1970, 25% of Americans were overweight or obese.

In 2008, 65% of Americans were overweight or obese.

A new study suggests that 86% (or 9 out of 10) Americans could be

overweight or obese by 2030.

 

Researchers estimate that children and young adults may have a shorter

life expectancy than their parents if the obesity epidemic is left

unaddressed.

In response to this the American College of Sports Medicine and the

American Heart Association have issued some basic recommendations for

healthy adults under age 65.

 

1. Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or

2. Do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day , 3 days a week, and

3. Do eight to ten strength training exercises, eight to twelve repetitions of

each exercise twice per week.

 

Moderate-intensity physical activity means working hard enough to raise

your heart rate and break a sweat, yet still being able to carry a

conversation.

It should be noted that to lose weight or maintain weight loss,

60- 90 minutes of physical activity may be necessary.

The 30- minute recommendation is for the average healthy adult to maintain health and

reduce the risk of chronic disease.

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