The Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans ( U.s. Department Of Health And Human Services

918 WordsDec 18, 20164 Pages
One thousand, four hundred forty–this is the number minutes everyone is given to spend as they so choose each day. Some may wonder how best to spend this time to not only fulfill God-given purposes but also to ensure a long healthy life that can be enjoyed with loved ones. Most people realize the importance of eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet and drinking plenty of water to be healthy. However, when it comes to exercise, opinions vary on what is best. Many doctors urge patients to simply walk more, however, an equivalent amount of time spent performing some form of resistance training versus walking may be the superior choice. Resistance (or strength) training improves a person’s overall health, enhances their quality of life, and can increase life expectancy. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008), which is a publication explaining the current recommendation for physical activity by the US government, adults should perform a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week along with muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days per week (p. 22). While it is admirable that strength training is included in these recommendations, it does not receive near as much emphasis as aerobic activity. When most people think of resistance training, they think of the dangers or injuries that could be incurred from weightlifting; “however,
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