Why Don’t Americans Move?

If Americans know exercise is so good for them, why don’t they take the message to heart as we have done with smoking? And if exercise makes people feel so good, why don’t they do it?

Only 3.5 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 do the minimum amount of physical activity recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services: 150 minutes a week of moderate activity. Among those over age 60, the percentage is even lower: 2.5 percent. The message is out there, but it seems no one is listening.

Simply giving people an exercise prescription, like walking for 20 minutes a day, five days a week, is clearly not working. Nor are programs that claim very intense, very short bouts of exercise all that is needed.

Often, people take the easy way out of exercise, such as college students who are healthy and can exercise, but choose to sign up for an easy walking class instead. To encourage exercise, perhaps people should be told to find an exercise, and an intensity level, that makes them feel good.

Resource: Exercise Etc. Inc.

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