If you are sweating it out to get in the recommended amount of weekly exercise, is it really going to help you live longer and healthier? What if you are already overweight and not losing it very fast? Take heart! A large study found that getting the recommended amount of moderate exercise, intense exercise, or any exercise at all reduced their risk of death, compared to those who were inactive. This is the first large-scale study to show the effectiveness of the exercise guidelines. The study was published in the December 10, 2007 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study found the same effects in those who were overweight as those who were thin. Take heart, and keep moving! If they could put something in a pill that would give you that same benefit, it would be the miracle cure of millennium.
- Exercise Guidelines for Healthy Adults
- Exercise Guidelines for Adults Over 65
- How to Start Walking
- Fun Ways to Live Longer
More Are Exercising, but Fewer than Half of Americans Exercise Regularly
The latest survey by the CDC shows that fewer than half of Americans are getting enough exercise. The Healthy People 2010 goal is for at least 50% of Americans getting regular exercise. Gains are being seen in most groups, including Hispanics and African-Americans. But obesity rates continue to climb in the U.S., along with fears of future epidemics of type II diabetes and heart disease related to obesity and sedentary lifestyles. With the exercise guidelines now being shown to reduce health risks even without weight loss, isn't that reason enough to get up and get moving?