Last week, I shared some of my thoughts about lifestyle choices in Choice-Being Fit. In order to write that blog, I had to acknowledge one of my personal shortcomings in a public forum. It would have been much simpler to maintain the status quo and not share my story. Despite the obvious reasons to stay mute, I opted to reach out to my followers. With your support, we can work together to become fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
For the last few years I have wavered back and forth like a pendulum on a clock. Diving full force into a new routine or diet would only last a few months before it was shelved. My motivation levels declined and my new program slowly lost its top priority. The pendulum swung back only to move once again when my motivation levels returned.
My priorities became muddled.
Shouldn’t a fit lifestyle have the same priority as brushing one’s teeth or maintaining daily hygiene?
Yes, but for the majority of Americans, “being fit” is not considered important.
A new report, Adult Participation in Aerobic and Muscle-Strengthening Physical Activities — United States, 2011 released from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (May 3, 2013) states that 80 percent of all Americans do not exercise enough. Can you believe that only 20 percent of the people in this country are not couch potatoes?
The parameters for exercise are not strenuous. Participants in the survey had to participate in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week and participating in muscle-strengthening physical activity at least two times per week.
The self-reported data was accumulated from a cross-section of 453,721 usable surveys.
- 20.6% of adult respondents met both aerobic and muscle-strengthening guidelines
- Nationwide, 51.6% of U.S. adults met the aerobic activity guideline, and 29.3% met the muscle-strengthening guideline.
- More men than women met the guidelines
- Activity levels decreased with age
- College graduates were more likely to meet both criteria than their less educated counterparts.
- The data was tabulated by state. My home state of Colorado led the nation in meeting both the aerobic and muscle-strength training guidelines.
Call for Guest Bloggers
This is one time that I would prefer not to be aligned with the majority of Americans. I want to beat the odds by making a long-term commitment to being fit. I am seeking like-minded individuals who would like to share their stories. Each week, I will be opening my site to guest bloggers who would like to motivate others to accomplish their fitness goals. Consider becoming a virtual fit buddy so that you can help others. Leave a comment or send me an email with an overview of your story.
The month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The goal of this designation is to raise awareness about the important role physical activity plays in maintaining health. Make your personal commitment to become motivated. We can work together to become more fit by communicating via the Internet.
Anyone who leaves a comment on Choices- Being Fit or this blog by May 12th will be eligible for a random drawing. One lucky person will receive a copy of May This Be the Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir.