What does it mean to be FIT?
Generally speaking, it means working out regularly.
But the truth is – FITness is subjective. For one person, it may mean being able to do 100 pushups without crying for his or her mama; for another, it may mean running a marathon in under 4 hours. It all depends on what each individual values and what your goals are.
So, depending on what’s important to you and your goals, would you consider yourself FIT? Or are you one of those people who have no idea what FIT means to you?
It can be extremely confusing since information regarding health and fitness seems to change not just daily, but at times, hourly. Who’s to say what the truth is?
Well, thankfully for us, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ published the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines and it provides us with science-based guidance to help improve our health through physical activity.
Children and Adolescents (aged 6–17)
- Children and adolescents should do 1 hour (60 minutes) or more of physical activity every day.
- Most of the 1 hour or more a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.
- As part of their daily physical activity, children and adolescents should do vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days per week. They also should do muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activity on at least 3 days per week.
Adults (aged 18–64)
- Adults should do 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.
- Additional health benefits are provided by increasing to 5 hours (300 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, or 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both.
- Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities that involve all major muscle groups performed on 2 or more days per week.
Two and a half hours. That’s simply 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. And you’re gonna come at me as if you don’t have the time to exercise? Come the heck on already.
Are your hips so bad that you need one of those electric wheelchairs simply to walk around Walmart?
How do your knees feel after you climb a flight of stairs?
Does sitting for long periods of time hurt your back?
Are you severely overweight/obese?
Would it surprise you to find out that just 30 minutes of exercise per day could help in getting rid of what ails your aching body and drop some of that excessive weight?
Come back and I will show you how to get in shape and become FITter in just 30-minutes per day.