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Few Americans combining both strength, aerobic exercises into day

Posted On Mon, June 3, 2013

A new survey suggests a lack of exercise - a key component related to rising health insurance rates in the country - continues to be a major issue among adults in the U.S. today.

According to the survey, which was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every five adults gets the recommended amount of exercise each week. Based on the latest update to activity guidelines, health experts say that people 18 years of age and older need to spend a minimum of two and a half hours each week performing some type of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Carmen Harris, an epidemiologist for the CDC's health and physical activity division, indicated that where people are doing quite well is when these activities are taken on individually rather than combined.

"Although only 20 percent of adults are meeting the overall physical activity recommendations, it is encouraging that half the adults in the United States are meeting the aerobic guidelines and a third are meeting the muscle-strengthening recommendations," said Harris. "This is a great foundation to build upon, but there is still much work to do."

She added that business owners and public officials ought to make physical activity more of a priority by providing workers and consumers in general with more avenues through which they can exercise.

There are a variety of ways in which people can implement more physical exertion into their typical day. These include taking the stairs into work rather than the elevator, parking at a distance from the building rather than close by, going on an afternoon stroll during lunch break or committing to attending the gym after work or before the morning commute.

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