Fitness specialist suggests finding on the go solutions for quick exercise
JEFFERSON CITY —
A new report by the Centers for Disease Control found less than a quarter of U.S. adults are getting the recommended amount of exercise each week.
The report said 22.9 percent of adults ages 18-64 are completing the necessary guidelines. However, this surpasses the goal set by the CDC. The target goal was 20.1 percent of adults meeting the guidelines by 2020.
One fitness coach said it is important to exercise as we age.
"Exercise is the best medicine. It helps us in so many ways. It keeps our muscles strong, our hearts strong, our lungs strong, and our bones strong. As we get older we lose strength and power so we want to gain as much of that before we get older," YMCA Health and Fitness Specialist Luke Lamb said.
28.8 percent of men met the guidelines while 20.9 percent of women met the guidelines. The report also found it is more likely for someone in a professional or managerial role to meet the exercise guidelines.
Lamb said there are ways to fit exercise into a busy schedule.
"Many of us have heard of parking further away and taking the stairs, but also having some easy equipment that's accessible or portable is great. That can include resistance bands, some small dumbbells, TRX suspension trainers, things that you can throw in a suitcase or keep in the trunk of your car. Knowing some body weight exercises that you can do is also great even in your office to keep moving, to keep the joints moving, and stay mobile," Lamb said.
Lamb said he thinks more Americans are becoming aware of fitness, but said there is still work to be done.
"I think we're becoming more aware of it. Fitness has been on T.V. shows more, on the news more. 25 percent is great, but as a fitness professional I would like to see that number go even higher. It's a start and we are definitely becoming more aware of the importance of fitness," Lamb said.
Guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services recommend adults ages 18-64 engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. The guidelines also said it is important to participate in muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.