Thursday, September 23, 2010

Are You Becoming A Couch Potato Fitness Person?

I just read an article the American Council On Exercise sent to my e mail. I love getting updates on all that's going on in the fitness industry. I had to laugh at this one though...

Research is suggesting that "couch potatoes" will not get fit on the weekly suggested 150 minutes of aerobics and the 2 hours of strength training the Center for Disease Control and Prevention sets for adults.

Hmmmm really! Let's look at that. 150 minutes of aerobics per week adds up to 22 minutes a day of aerobics or 50 minutes 3 days per week of aerobics. That doesn't sound like too little exercise for the average person. But if that's all the activity obtained during the day getting fit would be tough.

The article goes on to say that the average person sits for 9.3 hours a day, watches 5 hours of television, and spends about an hour internet surfing plus spends extra time emailing, Tweeting, texting and visiting their Facebook friends. That adds up to about 15 hours of being inactive! Add to that 8 hours of sleep and that leaves one hour of moving.

I hope the numbers suggested are wrong. No laundry would ever be done and what about eating? Of course you could do that while watching tv but you have to cook, unless you send out for food or bring home fast food. Not a pretty picture.

They actually have a term for doing daily exercise but then sitting for the remaining time, "couch potato fitness". Sitting for long periods of time is hard on your body!

Common sense seems to escape some people. Adding exercise to an active life improves health but it won't make up for being lazy.

I must confess that I spend way too much time on the computer but I do get up stretch, clean my house, play with my doggies and include exercise daily. I have to push myself away from the computer at times. I really love it but I like being healthy more.

It's so important to stay active. The article stated that your activity level through out the day is just as important if not more important than getting your 150 hours of weekly aerobics and your 2 hours of strength training.

Makes sense to me. Hope it does to you too:)

Your fitness expert


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