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Adult Fitness Stats and Solutions

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The number one cause of death in the United States of America is Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) someone in the US dies of a coronary event every 60 seconds.

To put this into perspective; 39% of deaths are attributed to Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. 23% die of cancer and 38% of deaths are attributed to everything else other than cancer and cardiovascular disease.

There is a direct corollary between obesity and cardiovascular disease and stroke. In the US 60.5% of the population is over weight and 23.9% are obese.

As you can imagine adults’ require less activity than children (kids need 60 minutes per day). An average adult needs 150 minutes or 2.5 hours per week of moderate physical activity such as walking. In addition to the moderate physical activity, adults should include strength training two days a week. This could be push ups and sit ups , weights or resistance bands or even yoga…any sort of resistance training would work.

Adult Fitness Stats and Solutions

If the 2.5 hours per week of moderate exercise doesn’t work with your schedule you can cut that in half to 75 minutes vigorous aerobic activity such as cycling at a sustained speed over 15 mph. You’ll still need strength training two days a week.

Even if the both of the options above are too much, according to the CDC, you can still benefit from ten minute blocks of moderate to vigorous exercise. Just think, two ten minute walks a day plus a couple evening strolls or bike rides and you’re there! It’s better to stretch out your activity over a week rather than in one marathon session anyway.

Before you start any exercise program, please consult your doctor. And remember, baby steps. It may take a while to get up to vigorous aerobic activity but you’ll get there.

Cycling on level ground at an even pace = Moderate-Intensity Aerobic Activity

Cycling fast or on hills = Vigorous –Intensity Aerobic Activity