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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.

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.

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?

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ALEXISMSW 3/7/2013 9:47AM

    I've been getting at least 150 minutes/week most weeks since starting exercising regularly in January, and definitely 150+ every week since joining a gym. That amount could seem daunting at first but if you break it down, it's roughly 22 minutes a day, which seems much more manageable.

Thanks for the article!

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    That's really interesting. I'm really curious to see what they have to say. Thanks for sharing the link!

I just started exercising again this week and am feeling the depression/anxiety lift. It also helps when I eat well. About 30 minutes/day for me, so 150-180 hours per week. If I stick with it.

Thanks for being part of the 3.5% who motivate and inspire the rest of us!

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    Most weeks I'm in that 3.5%.

Exercise is the least cost medicine.


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1GROVES2 3/5/2013 11:23AM

    I am shocked to hear that the US Government is now advising about exercise! Is there nothing that the gov`t doesn`t try to control!
Sorry I didn`t even finish reading your blog after seeing that one line!

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BUMPS2 3/5/2013 11:18AM

    yep.....sounds like a lot if you are a newbie. Now I get at LEAST 150 minutes per week. And I just started Sparking this past December. I can't believe it myself. You are right....there would probably be less meds all around with just walking. emoticon

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