A brief summary and comment: They recommend thirty minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week or 20 minutes of vigerous execise three days a week minimum for adults.
If you don’t get this you’re a walking poster child for: “cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, colon cancer and breast cancer.”
Yuck. Some pretty serious stuff. And the prevention isn’t too bad, is it?
Or is it?
You are not going to be able to take someone who has been inactive and get them going five days a week. They won’t have the discipline, the habits, or the desire. Plus, it will hurt like hell. Even if they start, 95% will give up.
So if you’re not getting that amount of exercise, start slow. Take small steps. Take three to six months to build up the stamina, strength and commitment. Then you’ll be ready for five days a week or more.
And one more point…
If this is what’s necessary for adults, what about kids? I bet 50% of elementary school kids don’t get that minium. I bet 70% of middle school kids don’t get it. And I bet 80% of high schoolers don’t get it.
Add five to ten percent for girls.
Where do I get my estimates? From watching kids every day. I see them on the playgrounds. I see them in the classrooms. I see them in the malls.
My son is fairly active. I bet he is right on the minimum requirement. Some weeks he’ll get more. Other’s I know he gets less.
We are going to have to start making sure OUR kids get the exercise and movement they need to be healthy. Otherwise “cardiovascular disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, colon cancer and breast cancer” are going to be the legacy we leave our children.