America’s sedentary lifestyle contributes to our too high rates of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer. Now, the 2nd edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released last week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides new research on the benefits of physical activity, including lower risk of several types of cancer, weight loss, improved quality of life, and lower risk of death from any cause. AICR’s recent blog post from Dr. Anne McTiernan describes the Guidelines’ recommendations to move more and sit less, including benefits for cancer prevention and cancer survivors.
For the first time the Guidelines include recommendations for policy-makers and communities to take actions to help increase physical activity among Americans. The evidence on the benefits of physical activity for improved health are clear, but few people even come close to meeting activity recommendations. The alarming fact is that only about one in five adults and one in four high school students regularly get enough physical activity needed for good health. Read more… “Why Aren’t We More Active? New Guidelines Provide Evidence, Strategies for Effective Policies”
While that’s true, it doesn’t mean that getting started is easy, especially if you are an older adult. Knowing how to choose exercises and which are safe–especially if you’re dealing with multiple health conditions–can be confusing. Finances can be another concern.
The good news is there are resources to help match your preferences to appropriate activities. Whether you feel comfortable exercising in your own home or you would prefer to be out in the community, the tools described below can help you get started toward achieving AICR’s recommendation to do at least 150 minutes of moderate, or 75 minutes of vigorous, physical activity a week. Read more… “It’s Never Too Late to Start Physical Activity”
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that only about 23% of US adults meet federal recommendations for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. This means that more than 3 out of 4 adults are missing out on profound health benefits from activity and putting themselves at increased risk for cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.