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Increasing activity can have huge impact on health, health care costs
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Contributors to this blog include Jaclyn Kreifels and Mike Kearney. Kearney is Facility Director at Ambassador Wellness Center in Nebraska City. He shares his expertise to help others live healthier lives. Kreifels is a dietetic intern sharing ...

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Health and Wellness

Contributors to this blog include Jaclyn Kreifels and Mike Kearney. Kearney is Facility Director at Ambassador Wellness Center in Nebraska City. He shares his expertise to help others live healthier lives. Kreifels is a dietetic intern sharing information about nutrition.

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By Mike Kearney
May 30, 2013 10:27 a.m.



As I sit here and look at the latest activity statistics, it is amazing to me that with all the resources and education on health, our US population is still not meeting the federal physical activity guidelines!  I don’t want to stand on a soapbox, because there are days that I don’t get my exercise, but with rising healthcare costs, this country is going to be spending a lot of money on disease!

 

About 79% of adults (that’s over 200,000,000 Americans) don't meet the physical activity guidelines that advise getting at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging. Plus, the guidelines recommend that adults do strength training activities, such as push-ups, sit-ups or weight training.  Regular physical activity has been shown to lower the risk of early death, help control weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, some types of cancer and a host of other conditions.

 

How can we start working on this?  By walking!  Yes it can be that simple.  Is it all we have to do? No (see below) but it is a good start. Start walking for 30 minutes a day.  With all the time people spend on computers, Facebook, watching TV, eating, there is time in there for 30 minutes.  Don’t tell me you don’t have time because everyone does, it’s just another excuse if you say you don’t.  Now the guys out in the ocean on fish boats maybe they don’t; but their job is about as physical as it gets so they may not need the 30 minutes of walking.

 

So is 30 minutes a day enough?  If you are just starting, then yes, but as you progress along you need more.  The federal guidelines are 30 minutes a day, most days of the week, this is for weight maintenance.  The 30 minutes a day will not get you into beach body shape.   If you want to lose weight we need to bump this up.  To what you ask?  Well more is better.  You have to find what fits your schedule.  Seek some help to organize this.  You go to a dentist when you need teeth work, an accountant when you need help with your money, a doctor when you are sick;why not seek help with your exercise?

 

Why wait until the New Year?  Why wait until Monday? Why say “I will do it later”?  Why put it off???  DON’T!   If you don’t put the time in, you will not reap the rewards.  But don’t say I didn’t warn you when your healthcare costs go up!

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