On Mayo Clinic Radio, Dr. Michael Joyner, an anesthesiologist and human performance expert at Mayo Clinic, discusses the exercise guidelines and ways to get people moving. Dr. Joyner also discusses elite athlete performance and the possibility of someone running a marathon in under two hours.
This interview originally aired Dec. 15, 2018.
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. To learn more, visit: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/exercise/faq-20057916?mc_id=us&utm_source=newsnetwork&utm_medium=l&utm_content=content&utm_campaign=mayoclinic&geo=national&placementsite=enterprise&cauid=100721&_ga=2.19866747.230633866.1543765271-1780934405.1469629163