In the link below, we find a summary of the most recent annual report, “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America.” For such an advanced nation, we still tend to ignore what we know to be healthy lifestyle changes. Yet, for the time being we seem to have at least stunted the growth of obesity in America. Now, we must do better at reducing obesity in America.
Current physical activity guidelines prescribe at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity. And at least 2 days per week of resistance (weight-bearing) training. Read the brief linked article below for details.
Whether just starting out or maintaining a long-term nutrition plan, we cannot take our eyes off the target. Most successful beginners start slowly by making incremental changes over time rather than wholesale changes overnight. Remember, wellness is not a destination … it is a lifestyle. Take one day at a time. Click here for a few other tips.
The latest research (National Cancer Institute, Mar 2018) questions the theory and practice that cardiorespiratory exercise must be of at least 10 minutes in duration to be effective. Now, it could be that all chunks of moderate to vigorous physical activities—i.e., not merely strolling—accumulated throughout the day may be sufficiently beneficial. Follow this link for more details.
Research continues to show the direct benefit of exercise for our children’s physical and mental well-being. Exercise reduces childhood obesity and increases academic performance, according to study after study. Check out this link for summaries of 2 research projects which support this concept.
Exercise and Children: Better Brain Health, Less Obesity, Less Stress
Staying active and healthy does not require a great deal of exertion. Also, it is cumulative. Meaning, we can achieve the necessary benefits in a little as 10-minute chunks of moderate to vigorous activity throughout the day. Heart healthy physical activity is important to our well-being.