Let's get healthy together!

Whether you want to lose weight, want to gain weight (muscle), or want to maintain your weight, let's do it together!

Post whenever you feel like it, if you have an experience to share, a question to ask, advice to give, or just want to vent.

Email hizzeather@gmail.com if you'd like to be an author!

Whether you're an author or a reader, please add a button to your blog to help promote us. The code is available at the bottom of the blog. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

I received an email from a health education organization to which I belong announcing the release of the revised Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by the US Department of Health and Human Services. You can find them here.

I think it's interesting how little exercise they recommend for adults: only 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. That's only 75 minutes a week of hard core aerobic exercise! Most aerobics classes offered 3 times a week are 45-60 minutes long! So my point is that we really don't have to push ourselves to the extreme to get a good workout and obtain substantial health benefits.

I appreciate how they say that you can perform your aerobic activity in episodes of at least 10 minutes. That makes me feel better about my walking. Being 8 months pregnant is tough. My current aerobic exercise regime consists of walking about 15 minutes to the bus stop 3 times a week, then walking 5 minutes uphill from the bus stop to work, and then doing it in reverse at the end of the day. I mix in strengthening exercises about 3 times a week, and I do prenatal yoga exercises as often as I can to help relieve my back pain. I'm hoping to keep being able to exercise (in my own little way) right up until I go into labor! And then I can hardly wait to seriously start working out again. It really is a drug once you get into it.


Tara and Bob October 8, 2008 at 8:40 PM  

Thanks for the cool link. That is an informative website.

I also agree exercising is a drug when you really get into it.

Hizzeather October 8, 2008 at 9:44 PM  

You go girl! That may be more exercising than I am getting right now, and I'm ashamed of myself! You inspire me to be better!

Julie Anne October 13, 2008 at 11:03 PM  

I'm just pretending I'm pregnant right now so I don't feel so bad when I look down. Does that work?