Exercise is one of those terms that Americans constantly hear because many are not getting enough exercise.
There is a ring of truth to that.
“About 79% of adults don’t meet the physical activity guidelines that advise getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging,” (Hellmich USA Today).
79 percent is a startling number for the amount of adults in this country that are not getting enough exercise. The recommended amount of exercise is two and a half hours a week or 30 minutes per day for five days during one week.
Pain, being busy and laziness are only some of the excuses that people give when they are asked why they do not exercise.
For the adults in this country that are not getting enough exercise, they need to start small.
Walking at a moderate pace is a start. It can be done from anywhere and all a person needs is a good pair of walking or running shoes.
When starting out walking at a moderate pace, a person should shoot for 30 minutes. If they cannot, that is okay. Starting out walking between five to 10 minutes at a time then increasing five minutes every week is one way to go to achieve a goal of walking at least 30 minutes per day.
Walking 30 minutes a day Monday through Friday or splitting up the walks throughout the week is all one adult needs to do to get the recommended amount of exercise.
If more adults walked 30 minutes per day or more during the week, the percentage of adults that do not get enough exercise per week will begin to drop. Improvements in health could begin to rise in adults, while obesity and health problems could start falling.