There was a great program on NPR today interviewing Dr. Joan Dorn (Chief of the Physical Activity and Health Branch at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) about walking and commenting on a “new study by the CDC showing that walkers are much more likely to get the recommended amount of daily exercise” than non-walkers. One of the main points of the interview was that even though walking is not likely to help you shed pounds or loose weight fast “the really important point is, even in the absence of weight loss, health benefits of physical activity are vast”.
What this interview stressed is something we have talked about extensively in this blog, finding physical activities you like to do. Two of the reasons Alex and I have seen success is by changing what we eat, but even more importantly, we found physical activities that we enjoyed doing. With “more than 50 percent of Americans [not getting] enough physical activity to meet guidelines (2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week andmuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms)) people clearing arent finding exercise they like to do.
So with the recommendation being that all adults should get about four hours of excerise(I am assuming weight lifting session should be about 45 min.) of exercise a week, it is important to find something you love doing, because let’s face it, life is too short to be doing exercise you hate.
Walk, jump rope, row, skateboard, bike ride, walk the dog, swim, hike, run, basketball, football, jumping jacks, push-ups, the list is infinite. One other suggestion, if you like group activities, go to meetup.org, there are listing for flag football and basketball groups, yoga, running clubs that all meet on a regular basis.
Get out and get going and be healthy.
(All quotes were taken from the transcript of the interview)