This article, entitled "Are You Getting Enough Exercise?" comes from Liz Hayes, MomsEveryday blogger from Central Wisconsin.
We all know we need to exercise, and most of us who are working on our health make it a priority for ourselves and our families. But are we getting enough? A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that only 20 percent of us get the federally recommended amount of exercise, this includes aerobic and muscle strengthening.
So how much is enough? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adults get at least two and a half hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like walking, or one hour and fifteen minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, like jogging. A combination of both works too. But to reach the muscle-strengthening levels recommended, try push-ups, sit-ups and planks and lift weights twice a week.
It can sometimes be difficult to stick with an exercise regimen so it’s important to mix things up if you’re tired of doing the same old thing. Try taking a new class. Many gyms offer a variety of fun, new workouts including Zumba, kickboxing, pilates, even pole dancing! Take up a sport, like tennis or swimming and get a friend to go along. Studies show when you have a workout buddy, you’re both more likely to show up so you don’t disappoint one another.
Add exercise to your everyday routine. Walk or bike to work. If you commute or take public transit, get off a few blocks earlier or park further away to get in some exercise. Take the stairs every time. Take Fido for a walk, or make it a habit of taking a walk after dinner each night. Clean the house! Vacuuming and scrubbing the tub can burn lots of calories. Exercise during commercials, try sit-ups or push-ups.
Don’t have time to fit in an hour-long workout? You don’t have to do an entire workout at once. Try piecing together ten minute intervals of moderate-intensity exercise a few times a day.
Be sure to get your family involved too. The rate of childhood obesity is staggering. According to the CDC, 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese, triple the rate from just one generation ago.