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Thursday, July 7, 2011

ACSM Exercise Guidelines Updated

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released new exercise guidelines at the end of June 2011 for the first time since 1998.  The full article for the position statement can be found HERE.  The overall recommendation is still 150 minutes or more of moderate-intense physical activity per week. This guideline is consistent with the 2008 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans .  Here are a few more key points to the recommendations:
  • Resistance Exercise: Adults should train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
  • Flexibility Exercise: Adults should do flexibility exercises at least two or three days each week to improve range of motion
  • Neurometer (AKA balance & agility) Exercise: Neuromotor exercise, also referred to as “functional fitness training,” is recommended two or three days per week.
Being physically active is one thing, but ensuring our time spent being sedentary is limited is another thing to keep in mind for overall health. Are you doing the physical activity you should be doing to optimize your health?
      

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