Thursday, August 02, 2007

Sound Body - Experts issue new physical exercise guidelines

OK everyone, let's get up and get moving. New recommendations by the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine came out today. Everyone should get at least 30 minutes of exercise 5 times a week.
Two leading health groups issued new guidelines on physical activity, updating influential recommendations issued in 1995 while also crafting advice tailored specifically for those 65 and older.
The advice comes amid rising health problems stemming from sedentary lifestyles and obesity among Americans, as well as people in many other nations.

"I think physical inactivity is the biggest public health problem we face. I think it actually accounts for more morbidity and mortality than anything except maybe cigarette smoking," said Steven Blair of the University of South Carolina, one of the experts who crafted the recommendations.
The new guidelines call for healthy adults to engage in moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 30 minutes five days each week, or vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes three days a week. The guidelines also state that exercise above the recommended minimum amounts provides even greater health benefits.

Moderate-intensity aerobic activity can be a brisk walk, light jogging or other exercise that noticeably accelerates the heart rate. Vigorous-intensity exercise like jogging causes rapid breathing and a substantial increase in heart rate.

The guidelines called for weightlifting exercise to work on muscular strength and endurance, with eight to 10 different exercises on two nonconsecutive days a week.
"If you want to stay out of the nursing home, probably the best approach is to be sure you're physically active and fit," Blair said.
Um, I don't think "12-ounce curls" count, though.

PS: Don't forget the "Sound Body 5K" at Conclave.

Experts issue new physical exercise guidelines - Yahoo! News
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