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Exercise: Are you getting enough?

If exercise were prescribed in doses, like pills, what would the prescription be? Google it and you’ll find many different answers. We know we need exercise, but for how long? How far? How hard? Much like a prescription, it depends on the individual’s size, age and pre-existing conditions. But unlike medication dosage, carefully measured in units, exercise is often subjective and self-prescribed. If you feel confused by all of this, you are not alone. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, that breaks down to a measly 21 minutes a day. Even more shocking, according to a recent New York Times article, only 3.5 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 actually get this small amount of exercise! In other words, in a Boeing 747 passenger plane with a full flight of 467 passengers, only 16 of them are getting 20 minutes of moderate exercise a day! Sixteen! That’s the equivalent of the first two rows of the first class cabin. If you’re one of the 451 remaining passengers in coach on this hypothetical plane to Sedentary Town, don’t fret. It’s not too late to start working out towards an upgrade.

So what now? Just thinking about the phrase “workout” makes you break out into an anxious sweat? Click here to see my 10 tips for finding your own exercise prescription.

I recommend an hour a day of varying intensity. Creating a routine that is quantifiable in units will help you to get started and monitor progression. Treadmills that show pace and distance or keeping track of weight and repetitions with free weights are a good start.

An hour a day may seem like a lot, but a lifetime of feeling like you’re in first class? worth every minute. I can help you find your path out of coach and into first class. Contact me today for your free health history consultation.

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