Surprising Facts About America's Health that Will Motivate You to Move

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month; here's why you should move more

Sure, we hear statistics about America’s health and wellness pretty frequently. Most of us are well aware that, as a whole, our “numbers” could be much better.

It’s no surprise that physical activity levels are low and unhealthy eating habits are more prevalent than ever, but perhaps what is surprising, and maybe less understood, is that the benefits of improving our health go way beyond losing some weight.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one in three American adults currently achieve the recommended amount of physical activity each week.

What’s the recommended amount?

Either 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (like brisk walking) per week, plus two or more days of muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups. Or, 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise (like running) per week, plus two or more days of muscle-strengthening activities.

150-minutes per week might sound like a lot, but really that burns down to just five days exercising aerobically for about 30 minutes (or 15 minutes if you're working more intensely). And you can even break those 30 minutes into three separate 10-minute bouts throughout the day and reap the same health benefits.

Since May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—an initiative developed to raise awareness about the importance of exercise—there’s no better time than now to start moving more.

And hopefully the infographic by Medifast—which details a few statistics about our health status as a country, the dangerous health risks associated with obesity and most importantly, a few of the incredible benefits that come along with moving more and eating well—will serve as your first healthy source of motivation. 

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