According to updated physical fitness guidelines issued recently by the Department of Health and Human Services, less than one-third of Americans — and only 1 in 5 teenagers — are getting the recommended amount of exercise each week. The current recommendation for adults is to get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and two sessions of muscle strengthening per week. For children ages 6–17, 60 minutes per day of moderate aerobic activity and two sessions of muscle strengthening per week is recommended. While the updated guidelines recommend the same amount of exercise as the original standards released in 2008, they don’t require the physical activity to occur in at least 10-minute blocks. The message is every little bit helps.
On the next Mayo Clinic Radio program, Dr. Michael Joyner, an anesthesiologist and human performance expert at Mayo Clinic, will discuss the exercise guidelines and ways to get people moving. Dr. Joyner also will discuss elite athlete performance and the possibility of someone running a marathon in under two hours. Also on the program, Dr. Minetta Liu, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic, will explain how liquid biopsy may individualize cancer treatments. And Dr. P James Dyck, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, will discuss Guillain-Barré syndrome.
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