Diabetes Forecast

Check Your Schedule to Find Time to Exercise

By Matt McMillen , ,

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Too busy to exercise? You probably have more free time than you think. In surveys conducted from 2014 to 2016, more than 32,000 Americans ages 15 and older listed all of their activities for the previous 24 hours, nearly down to the minute. Researchers grouped their activities into categories such as work, childcare, cooking, and education. According to their calculations, the average American has about five hours of free time every day. Yet only 1 in 3 people exercise at least 2 1/2 hours per week, the minimum amount generally recommended by health organizations, including the American Diabetes Association. Dig down into the details of your daily schedule and you’ll likely find plenty of spare time to get physical. Lacking chunks of time? No worries. You can get your daily exercise in 10- to 15-minute increments.
Source: Preventing Chronic Disease, September 2019



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