Hello everyone, welcome and yay for my first post 🙂 !
Since Cara spent some time going over the diet side of the equation on Tuesday, I thought I would kick things off by providing some thoughts on fitness. As a dietitian, I definitely understand the importance of diet as it relates to weight maintenance. For optimum health though we all need to be striving to balance our intake (diet) with our outputs (physical activity). However, a full 80% of Americans don’t get enough physical activity (1).
According to the U.S. government:
“Adults should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise each week or one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity, or a combination of both. Adults should also engage in muscle-strengthening activities like lifting weights or doing push-ups at least twice per week (1)”
You might be asking yourself how you can fit this amount of physical activity into your already crazy schedule? Well, over the next few weeks I would like take a closer look at several components of fitness (aerobic/cardio, flexibility and strength training) and share some pointers from my personal experience of how to meet the government’s recommendations. I am also happy to answer any questions you might have that are related to fitness so feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message in the comments below. I am excited to be begin sharing my passion for physical fitness with all of you so stay tuned!