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New exercise guidelines: Move more, sit less, start younger

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By MARILYNN MARCHIONE

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It is poor if schools do not have programs that give kids enough exercise. In a car culture like the US, this should be a very high priority.

Duration stays the same — at least 2½ to 5 hours of moderate-intensity or 1 ¼ to 2 ½ hours of vigorous activity a week, plus at least two days that include muscle-strengthening exercise like pushups or lifting weights.

Lots of activities that are not exercise, gardening etc. qualify as moderate-intensity activity. According to the UK NHS,

examples of muscle-strengthening activities for most people include:

lifting weights

working with resistance bands

doing exercises that use your own body weight, such as push-ups and sit-ups

heavy gardening, such as digging and shovelling

yoga

pilates

These sound like things you do as exercise, not things that have exercise as an additional benefit. I do loads of hard cardio, but it sounds like I'd better start doing pushups etc as well.

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