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Adults spend an average of five to six hours every day, according to a poll of more than 32,000 Americans

You have enough time to practice! Adults have five hours of free & # 39; every day, but choose to spend most on their phone instead of in the gym & # 39;

  • Adults have an average of five to six hours a day, according to a survey
  • However, they spend most of this time watching TV or watching their phones
  • Guidelines urge adults to do aerobic exercises for 150 minutes a week
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You may think that you are too busy juggling the demands of life to shed some sweat in the gym – but experts have said you are wrong.

Adults spend an average of five to six hours every day, according to a poll of more than 32,000 Americans.

They spend most of this time watching TV or scrolling through social media on their phones, showing the same results.

Health guidelines urge adults to participate in 150-minute aerobic exercises every week, which is half an hour from Monday to Friday.

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But figures repeatedly show that adults are not achieving the recommended goals, which is partly fueling the global obesity crisis.

Adults spend an average of five to six hours every day, according to a poll of more than 32,000 Americans

Adults spend an average of five to six hours every day, according to a poll of more than 32,000 Americans

The survey, conducted by the American think tank RAND Corporation, was published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

Participants were all over 15 years old and were asked to record their activities, as well as those of their relatives, over a 24-hour period.

Study co-author Dr. Deborah Cohen said: There is a general perception among the public and even healthcare professionals that a lack of free time is an important reason that Americans do not get enough physical activity.

& # 39; But we found no evidence for those beliefs. & # 39;

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Leisure did not include usual groceries such as shopping, nor was cleaning, cooking, eating and playing with children counted.

No group of people analyzed had less than 4.5 hours a day and men reported having an extra half hour compared to women.

Men spend 211 minutes of their free time watching screens, the results showed. Women, on the other hand, look at their phones for less than three hours.

But when it arrived, men and women spent only 6.6 and 5 percent of their free time on physical activity – the equivalent of about 15 minutes.

Dr. Cohen said: & # 39; By making the public more aware of how they actually use their time and by creating messages that encourage Americans to shorten their screen time, people can become more physically active.

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& # 39; These findings suggest that Americans should spend at least 20 or 30 minutes a day on physical activity. & # 39;

The NHS recommends that people get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity every week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity such as running or exercising.

According to a major study published in the British Medical Journal in March this year, it is estimated that inactivity kills 70,000 people in the UK every year.

Experts warn that Britain is working on a & # 39; sitting economy & # 39; in which the vast majority of working adults spend their days at a desk.

HOW MANY EXERCISE SHOULD YOU DO?

To stay healthy, adults from 19 to 64 must try to be active on a daily basis and must do the following:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as cycling or brisk walking every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)
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Or:

  • 75 minutes of powerful aerobic activity such as running or a game of tennis every week and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

Or:

  • a mix of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity every week – for example 2 x 30 minutes of running plus 30 minutes of brisk walking equals 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity and
  • strength exercises on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscles (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms)

A good rule is that 1 minute vigorous activity offers the same health benefits as 2 minute moderate activity.

One way to do your recommended 150 minute weekly physical activity is to do 30 minutes on 5 days each week.

All adults must also sit for long periods with mild activity ending.

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Source: NHS

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