Less than 1 in 3 Americans are moving enough, according to the Federal government

Jim Hanzo
November 13, 2018 - 8:56 am

The new physical fitness guidelines are out from the Federal government and Americans are just not moving enough.  Fewer than one in 3 are meeting the necessary standards and that spells trouble.  

Fitness expert Mackie Shilstone says it's much worse in Louisiana because we tend to move even less.  

"In Louisiana, when you go back and look at the issues it all has to do with the amount of visceral abdominal fat," Shilstone said.  "The fat that surrounds the vital organs like the liver, kidneys, and heart." 

Shilstone talks about the new guidelines.  

"The average person needs 150 minutes of light, moderate exercise over the course of a week," Shilstone said.  "That boils down to approximately like walking but not necessarily breaking a sweat." 

And he adds that in order to meet these guidelines, you need about 10 thousand steps in a day.  If someone is more overweight, or obese, more steps are needed. 

The new guidelines, calls on adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and two sessions of muscle-strengthening activity each week.

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