Are you one of the 80 percent of Americans who don’t get enough exercise?

Are you one of the 80 percent of Americans who don’t get enough exercise?

The good news is that just over half of all Americans are doing aerobic workouts. But according to a new study, they should also be working on strength training to have the best fitness routine.

According to a new report published in the May 3 issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) publication, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, only 20 percent of US adults are getting the recommended amounts of both muscle-strengthening and aerobic exercise.

While 51.6 percent of adults were getting the recommended aerobic exercise, only 29.3 percent were getting the right amount of muscle-strengthening exercise.

According to the report, to meet the aerobic guidelines, “respondents had to report engaging in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.”

To meet the muscle-strengthening guidelines, the participant had to report “participating in muscle-strengthening physical activity at least two times per week.”

Within their comparative groups, lower proportions of women, Hispanics, and older adults met the aerobic and muscle-strengthening guidelines.

Not all about Fat

Unsurprisingly, those who were underweight or of normal weight reported exercising the most. 25.8 percent of those respondents met the recommended amounts for both muscle-strengthening and aerobic exercise. 21.9 percent of overweight respondents met the requirements with only 13.5 percent of obese respondents getting enough exercise each week.

But, in addition to putting on extra pounds, there are other serious implications to not exercising.

For example, increased exercise can help limit the risk of heart disease and diabetes, among other diseases, according to Ed Bendoraitis, an exercise physiologist at Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center.

What can you do?

For those who want to exercise more, making it part of a daily routine can help, says Bendoraitis.

Even so, amongst the hustle and bustle of daily life, finding time to exercise can be difficult. Therefore, Bendoraitis recommends group classes because friends can keep each other motivated to find time to exercise.

“Anytime someone’s trying to get into exercise mode, it’s good to make it part of your daily routine or do group exercise classes,” said Bendoraitis. “Find things you like to do so that when you do it, it’s also enjoyable.”

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  1. Another great way to get both the aerobic and muscle training is to swim….kills two birds with one stone.

  2. Angela Hacke

    I admit it! I am one of the 80 percent. I always struggle with fitting exercise in between work, two small kids and household duties. Any tips are appreciated!

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