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Simply Fit, by Cindy Haskin-Popp, will help you make physical activity a part of everyday life. The health benefits of regular exercise and overall daily physical activity will be discussed. Fun, practical and easy-to-follow tips on an exercise program will be shared, as will the most current research. Fitness tips for families and seniors, on fitness centers and on buying proper and affordable equipment will be regularly given. 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Americans Need to Step Up the Activity

Americans aren't keeping in stride with other countries when it comes to measuring activity level according to steps taken per day. A study published in the October 2010 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that Americans take fewer steps per day than adults in Japan, Australia, and Switzerland--countries in which the obesity rates are lower compared to the United States. On average, American adults are taking 5,117 steps per day compared to 7,168 steps per day in Japan; 9,695 steps per day in Australia; and 9,650 steps per day in Switzerland.

In the study, men took more steps than women. Individuals who were single or who had a higher education were likely to take more steps, as well. Findings also showed that fewer steps were taken by older adults and individuals who were overweight or obese. The researchers suggest that Americans need to walk approximately 30-40 minutes per day to match the number of steps taken by adults in the other countries studied.

Note: Before beginning an exercise program or increasing the intensity level of a current routine, a physician's approval should be obtained, especially for older adults and those at risk for or who currently have chronic health conditions.

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; October 2010; pp. 1819-1825; "Pedometer-Measured Physical Activity and Health Behaviors in U.S. Adults"; David R. Bassett JR. et al.

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