Children are frequently associated having the ability to stay at a high level of energy for long periods of time. This natural form of play does not have to be just for kids. However, to get adults be more physically active we need to be creative. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that only approximately one in five adults are getting the recommended amount of physical activity.
Here in Franklin and Grand Isle County, we are not different than the rest of the country with our rate of physically active adults being upwards of 27 percent, as reported in the 2017 Vermont County Health Rankings.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends the following guidelines for cardiorespiratory exercise:
- Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week.
- Recommendations can be met through 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (five days per week) or 20 – 60 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise (three days per week).
- Gradual progression of exercise time, frequency and intensity is recommended for best adherence and least injury risk.
Individuals unable to meet these requirements can still benefit from doing some form of activity.
Trying to get this amount of activity can be overwhelming, but it can be broken up into smaller segments throughout your day.
RiseVT Health Coach Brian Clukey put together five ways to add physical activity into your day:
• Routine: We are all creatures of habit. Keep the small achievable changes happening at a regular frequency throughout your week.
• Support: Someone or someway to encourage you throughout your goal progress.
• Purpose: Why are you making goals? Always ensure it aligns with a greater goal or vision.
• Environment: Know going in that everything in our community (work, school, home, family, etc.) affects your lifestyle – see where your community can support you on your journey.
We may not all be as fast or nimble as our children, but through added physical activity we can take steps to get there.
RiseVT has a Health Coach, Brian Clukey on staff that assists in this very subject. Truly working with individuals where they are at and seeing where they would like to go. When will you start your wellness journey?