A recent analysis of research gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau from more than 100,000 people from across the country found that the average active adult spends no more than 17 minutes per day exercising. A far cry from the CDC’s recommendation that adults between the ages of 18 and 64 get four hours of exercise each week – divided between moderate and high intensity activities.
The lack of physical activity, researchers say, is linked to America’s obsession with TV, video games, cars and computers. In some communities, safety and a lack of sidewalks and bike lanes are also to blame for the dependency on indoor activities.
If this trend continues, researchers at Duke University predict that the obese population will swell from 36 percent to 42 percent over the next 18 years - a number that will add another $550 billion to the nation’s healthcare tab. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer are all complications linked to obesity – driving the price tag up beyond that of smoking.
Including more activity in your day can be as simple as taking a brisk walk on your lunch break or after dinner. More vigorous activities may include basic activities, such as running, racquetball or spinning. There are a variety of fitness centers across the nation dedicated to unique ways to exercise – boot camps, barre, Pilates, yoga and so much more. Before you give up on your pursuit of physical activity, try several new ways to workout or bring a friend. Statistically, people who workout with a friend or coach adhere to their goals longer and achieve greater success.
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