Whether you are trying to lose weight or simply develop a healthier lifestyle, physical activity is imperative to your health. But do you know how much exercise you need?
The Department of Health and Human Services recently released The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report, (published in JAMA). Not much has changed since the last report ten years ago. However the info is worth repeating because 50% of Americans do not meet the recommended minimum of exercise and 30% report no physical activity at all.
Experts still recommend that adults get either:
- At least 150 minutes to 300 minutes moderate-intensity each week (brisk walking).
- Or 75 minutes to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (like running, cycling).
- Or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.
- And two or more days of strength training (with weights or body weight)
A balanced exercise program is still emphasized.
The only real guideline change is there is no minimum amount of time of physical activity for it to matter (previously it was 10 minutes). It’s what I always say ANY exercise is better than NO exercise.