Americans have been urged start exercising, to sit less and move more, even if that activity comes in tiny chunks especially at a younger age this is according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) latest physical activity guidelines. The updated recommendations also specify that physical activity can be accumulated throughout the day, even though short activities
As revealed by the Associated Press, federal updates are the first since the government’s physical activity guidelines came out a decade ago and they urge Americans that any type and amount of exercise helps health.
Dr. Donald Lloyd Jones also told Associated Press that doing something is better than doing nothing which definitely implies that the new Federal exercise guidelines does not support any form of idleness and also reminding them that some physical activity is better than none.
The new guidelines as also reintroduce the age which exercise should start by reviewing it from the age of six to down to preschoolers as young as three. Urging them to participate in active play throughout the day. Kids are encouraged to keep moving to avoid excess weight and heightened risks of chronic disease. Also, in the updated guidelines, adults were not left out as it was stressed that adults should be sitting less and participating in at least 2.5 to 5 hours of moderate intensity exercise per week, or 1.25 – 2.5 hours of vigorous activity a week. It also made mention that two days per week should be devoted to muscle building exercises such as push-ups, or lifting weights, according to the Associated Press
The major change in this updated guidelines comes in the amount of physical exercise recommended for adults. As revealed by AP, just as it was formerly used to be that aerobic activity had to be done for at least 10 minutes, and now even short times comes in handy and it goes a long way as a single aerobic activity helps in reducing stress, improve sleep and also lower blood pressure.
These updated exercise guidelines can be argued to have put everyone in mind due to the fact that even the same general standards apply to older adults, which stands has a means of improving their balance to prevent fall. The guidelines say that elderly individuals should prioritize activities that combine muscle-strengthening, balance and aerobic exercise, which can help make up for bone and muscle loss that comes with aging.
Research made and reported in Journal of the American Medical Association, only 26% of men, 19% of women and 20% of adolescents are meeting the government standards, which costs the US healthcare system $117 billion each year and leads to approximately 10% premature deaths.
It can therefore be concluded that the major reason for these new exercise guidelines is to promote benefits of exercise that goes beyond physical health, such as improved cognitive function, mental health and sleep quality and also bring about that may encourage more Americans to adhere to the standards.