ALL FORMS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY COUNT: JUST DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING!
What Do the Revised Physical Activity Guidelines Mean for You?
At least three in five adults don’t do any muscle-strengthening activities, according to findings published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, despite persuasive evidence that exercise is key in order to stay healthy and reduce the risks of common chronic diseases.
“If we can just get 25% of inactive people to be active and meet the recommendations, almost 75,000 deaths would be prevented in the United States,” Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, said at a press conference announcing the updated recommendations for physical activity. Yet Americans don’t seem to be getting the message about exercise.
The new guidelines stress the benefits gained but doing even just a little bit. So what you say?! Exercise has so many benefits. Not only can physical activity lessen your risks for conditions that are already present, like decreasing the pain of osteoarthritis and onset of type 2 diabetes but it can also reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as improve sleep. All of these factors have an impact on how well you’ll age.