Are You Active Enough?
Do you really know how active you should be on a daily basis to prevent degenerative diseases from setting in?
Degenerative diseases include: heart disease, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, digestive problems, etc.
Of course, being sedentary is known to increase your chances of illness. Some of the first signs are that we might not enough energy. Then, we might experience little aches and pains or gain a little weight. Eventually, these smaller "problems" could turn into something more serious.
A new study shows that even those who hit the gym a few times a week might not be getting anywhere near the exercise needed to prevent chronic disease.
So, how much exercise should we all be doing?
The accepted recommendations are 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week as well as some form of muscle strengthening activity 2x per week.
This could include walking at a fast pace (fast enough to increase your heart rate and respiration but still be able carry on a conversation) for about 22 minutes per day and adding a yoga or weight strengthening class twice a week.
Unfortunately, the CDC reports that about 75 percent of Americans do not meet these standards!
So what is a sedentary lifestyle defined as? A sedentary lifestyle is defined as taking less than 5,000 steps a day.
So, how do we get up to the level of meeting the accepted recommendation?
How do we bring our daily activity level up to 10,000 steps?
This can be done by adding activity into our daily life when we're not exercising. This can include:
Try to lead an active life everyday!
Try to keep yourself moving any which way you can...
This can help a long way towards living a longer, healthier life with vitality!
Wishing us all much success with this endeavor.
Sources: Medical News Today, http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/232158.php; The Walking Site, http://www.thewalkingsite.com/10000steps.html