Americans don’t come close to latest physical fitness guidelines

And you don’t need a handy mountaintop to enjoy a healthy walk

Less than a third of Americans, and only one in five teenagers, meet new physical fitness guidelines issued by the federal government Monday [11th November] the Department of Health and Human Services said.

The guidelines, which officials said could be easily achieved by most, recommend the same level of exercise as the original standards released in 2008 but without the expectation that the physical activity occur in 10-minute blocks.

They call on adults to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity and two sessions of muscle-strengthening activity each week. Children ages 6 through 17 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per day and three sessions of muscle-strengthening per week…

Come on, folks. Up off your butt and enjoy fresh air and a bit of exercise. I’m an ancient leftwing geek-retiree and I pass those weekly aerobic goals every 2 or 3 days…At my “advanced” age the muscle-strengthening is at least as important. My wife is a retiree, too, though a few decades younger than me and she beats the weekly recommendations on a daily basis. RTFA. Enjoy being as active as you can be – and maybe even live a bit longer.