I am the 3.5%
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
The U.S. government recommends that Americans get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. That's 600 minutes per month. Do you know how many people actually get that? According to the New York Times, a recent study indicates that only 3.5% of people do. well.blogs.nytimes.com/2
My personal goal for exercise minutes each month is between 600 and 1000 -- that's 150 to 250 minutes per week. I like that range because the minimum is what the government suggests and the maximum is not so much that exercising is my sole focus. According to the Washington Post, a recent study suggests that people who exercise more than 450 minutes per week have increased anxiety and depression. www.washingtonpost.com/b
I should point out, as a good public health professional, that very little in the public health world is actual cause-and-effect. So 450-plus exercise minute mark per week does not cause anxiety or depression ... there's simply a relationship there.
How many exercise minutes do you get? Are you with me as part of that 3.5%? If you are over the 450 minutes per week, would you say that you have anxiety and/or depression?