A new report shows that Americans are walking more than they had been, which is good news. But, fewer than half exercise enough to experience health benefits.
Did you know that even moderate exercise can improve mood and overall health? So, join others by going for a walk today. And, if you’d like to do more for your health, consider working with a nutritionist and a health psychologist, they can help you learn new habits for healthier living.
The proportion of adults who said they went on a 10-minute walk at least once a week increased to 62 percent in 2010, from 56 percent in 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported.
Federal guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise like brisk walking or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise like running each week. The proportion of people who met federal guidelines for aerobic exercise also grew, to 48 percent in 2010 from 42 percent in 2005, the agency said.
Dr. Carroll said that Americans could still improve. “We have this increase in walking, but less than half of adults are getting enough activity to show substantial health benefits,” she said.
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