Standards Of Physical Activity

The new “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans” has been released. The guidelines have been updated since the 2008 edition. The adult basic activity requirements is still at least 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week plus two days of weight-bearing strength training. A very important change is preschoolers (3-5) should be active about 3 hours per day. And kids (6-17) should be active for 60 minutes per day. Movement is exercise. And exercise is medicine. View a brief summary at this link for more of the updates.

https://apnews.com/fd64f2b3dfba4dd4bcff2571bed491d5

Commentary: Believe In Yourself

Sure. We see others who are more fit than us. Especially at the gym. We should not, however, feel any envy. There are many factors involved. How many years they have been training, for example. We should not be discouraged by the appearance of others. Remember, we only have to be better than we were yesterday. That is all that matters. Read the discussion at this link to learn more about social comparison.

https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/7021/is-comparison-sabotaging-your-success

Commentary: Caring For Our Children

We think parents should love their children. And loving them includes ensuring their health and well-being. Our kids must be physically active at least 60 minutes every day in order to achieve healthy outcomes.

https://www.news-medical.net/news/20181031/Study-Only-one-in-30-children-does-recommended-amount-of-daily-physical-activity.aspx

Commentary: One Day … One Step … At A Time

We often become overly excited about getting healthy and start by making too many changes overnight. Unfortunately, this usually becomes overwhelming and difficult to sustain long-term. A better method of behavior change for most of us is to find and implement small changes, one or two at a time. It becomes easier when we realize that wellness is not a destination. It is a lifestyle. Click the link here to read about one woman’s successful journey with a series of small steps.

A lot of small changes add up….

Commentary: We Are Being Punked … Daily

Those who process and market our foods are master psychological and physical manipulators. They exploit us daily by distorting facts about exactly what is and is not healthy food and they addict us with known unhealthy food additives (e.g., salt, sugar, fats). Visit the linked infographic to learn more about how we can combat these manipulators in our struggle to regain health and wellness.
 

Legislation: Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act

Late last month, the House of Representatives passed bipartisan HR 6199 which allows Americans to receive a tax deduction—via their health savings accounts—for sports and fitness expenses. Contact your U.S. Senators to express your support as they now consider the bill for passage. Read this brief news release by the American College of Sports Medicine for more information.

http://www.acsm.org/read-research/newsroom/news-releases/news-detail/2018/07/26/acsm-backed-phit-bill-passes-house

Commentary: Yes, You Need Cardio For Fat Loss

It seems popular lately to spread the idea that we do not need steady state cardio (walking, jogging, swimming, etc.) in order to achieve fat loss. Many a Gym Bro insist we only need to lift weights—the heavier the better— to lose body fat, claiming excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) will do the trick. But these Gym Bros wrongly apply the EPOC science. Remember: you never see an overfat marathoner; but you see plenty of overfat lifters. Anyway, read this short linked first-person account of a fat loss journey involving cardio exercise.

https://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/a22601709/leah-eric-evans-weight-loss-transformation/

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