This Web MD article Just 1 In 7 Adults Eat Right And Exercise mentions these government recommendations:
“U.S. dietary guidelines call for adults to get five or more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables per day. Government health recommendations also urge at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days per week or vigorous-intensity exercise at for least 20 minutes three days per week”.
I am one of those six out seven adults who are not in compliance with the exercise part of the government health recommendations. My last foot operation nine years ago ended my years of daily pounding my joints. I now do what I can. I walk every day, and a couple of times a week, I go for a “vigorous long walk” if a walk can said to be vigorous. I also strength train once a week.
If I can’t or won’t follow the five days of exercise recommendations I figured it would payoff if I at least followed the dietary guidelines. A little more than four months back I decided to eat right consistently. I ate five or more servings of fruit and vegetables and still do. I end up eating six small meals a day. I eat as much fruit and vegetables as I want. At times I force myself to eat more; it seems to stave off my cravings for sweets, starches, and breads. I get much of my vegetables from soups, most often chicken 'n' squash soup. As a result I am the leanest I have been in twenty years.
I saw my cardiologist last week. I was anxious to know my results to see if the new eating regime helped. My doctor said my results were as good as they get. He described the results as “off the charts”. He told me to keep doing whatever I was doing.
My bad cholesterol is down more than 50 points, and my good cholesterol is up three points My triglycerides are down a third, and my blood pressure is well under control.
My regime is one I feel I can follow to maintain those good numbers well into the future - walking, eating well, and one personal training session a week. The personal training session is very demanding, but it is only once a week. As one of our doctor testimonials stated, “At 1/2 hour a week, nobody is too busy to improve their health”.
At Kelly Personal Training in Austin and at Ultimate Fitness in New Orleans all of our personal training sessions are designed to produce the most impact in the least amount of time exercising. It is a step in the right direction for the six out of seven who are not in compliance with the government’s exercise guidelines.