Do you ever wonder if you are fit enough? Do you ever wonder how your fitness matches up to others? Do you spend too much time comparing yourself to others? Gotcha. Well, this isn’t about tricking you. This is a friendly reminder to let you know that whenever you are wondering if you are working out enough, this is what the current physical activities guidelines for an adult according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Key Guidelines for Adults
- All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.
- For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalence combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.
- For additional and more extensive health benefits, adults should increase their aerobic physical activity to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalence combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity. Additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity beyond this amount.
- Adults also should do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate- or high-intensity and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits.
So now, take a look in the mirror and be honest with yourself. You know your body best and knows what it needs to feel your best. This could be a lot more than recommended, a little more than recommended or maybe you fall right in line. Whatever that amount may be is most likely the right amount. If you ever feel like you aren’t reaching the goals you want, then it might be time to turn to a professional for extra help. Although we can not provide professional help specifically as we don’t know your body like your doctor does, we can suggest fueling your body with some really great stuff by adding a product or two of ours into your active lifestyle.
Also, think about if the idea you are feeling a bit down about your workout routine may just be the idea that you need something new in your life. We can relate just like the next person about needing to switch things up a bit, in fact, we have a post on ‘Try this Workout to get Motivated Again‘ and ‘4 Ways to Get Your Friends to Workout With You‘. You too may gain some inspiration to gain your motivation back or just drag a friend along with you for the ride.
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