Study: Americans need more exercise

September 19, 2019 11:45 AM

Americans need to move more. That's the main takeaway from a new study. It says adults spend more time sitting today than they did 10 years ago.

In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released physical activity guidelines for adults.


They recommend adults aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, weekly.

However, the study showed no change in Americans' activity level, despite the new recommendations.

"We as humans, we evolved as it was to be physically active. That's good for our body, it's good for our heart, it's good for our immune system, it's good for our brain. So, we really need that 30 minutes a day, and we're not getting it any more than we did in the past," said Dr. Mike Roizen, with Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Roizen added we can greatly decrease our risks for disease and early death by aiming for 10,000 steps each day.


WNYT Staff

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