In a recent report, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services tells us that we need to increase our baseline activity to have a chance at living a longer healthier life.
Baseline activities are normal lifestyle activities.
Encouraging Americans to increase their baseline activity is sensible for several reasons:
• Increasing baseline activity burns calories, which can help in maintaining a healthy body weight.
• Some baseline activities are weight-bearing and may improve bone health.
• There are reasons other than health to encourage more baseline activity. For example, walking short distances instead of driving can help reduce traffic congestion and the resulting air pollution.
• Encouraging baseline activities helps build a culture where physical activity in general is the social norm.
• Short episodes of activity are appropriate for people who were inactive and have started to gradually increase their level of activity, and for older adults whose activity may be limited by chronic conditions.
Eat less; move more; live longer is the mantra of this blog.
Right now 60 percent of us are overweight and 30 percent outright obese. So, increasing our baseline activities is the first step toward reclaiming our health and longevity.
According to another government agency, the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services:
Adults 18 to 64 should get:
2.5 hours/wk of moderate intensity exercise.
OR 1.25 hours a week of vigorous aerobic physical activity
Or Some combination of the above – equivalent episodes of at least 10 minutes spread throughout the week.
Get going, the government says so. It really is not that difficult, you just have to make up your mind that you are going to integrate regular exercise into your life. Good health is a two pronged affair. Eat intelligently and exercise regularly. Simple, but not easy for some. You need to commit to it.