Chances are, you’re not getting enough exercise.
Exercise guidelines were updated and released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—in time for those New Year’s resolutions. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) tells us that only about 20% of adults are meeting the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines. And the 2018 version only ups the exercise-ante for your health.
The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans describes the types and amounts of physical activity that can help at every age. Adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of activity–just over 20 mins a day–along with 2 or more days a week of strength training. Geek out on a chart that shows recommendations for your age.
“The new guidelines demonstrate that, based on the best science, everyone can dramatically improve their health just by moving — anytime, anywhere, and by any means that gets you active,” said Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services.
In the US, lack of physical activity is linked to $117 billion in annual health care costs.
Is cardio or strength training the best source of exercise? Let’s take a look.