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  • Measuring Results from Exercise – How Do You Know It’s Working?

    by Guest Blogger | Jan 11, 2016

    by Clinton A. Brawner, MS, ACSM-RCEP, FACSM

    Two important components to fitness are aerobic endurance and muscular strength/endurance. Laboratory-based tests are available to evaluate these and have been used in research studies to measure the body’s response to various types of exercise training programs. Although these assessments can provide useful information, they are neither appropriate for all individuals nor necessary to document improvements in fitness. The purpose of this article is to review easy ways that individuals can track their own progress or recognize changes in response to having increased their physical activity.

    Priority #1- Sticking With It

    According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adults should participate in at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination of both types. In addition, adults should also perform exercises to enhance muscular strength at least 2 days per week. Unfortunately, only about 25% of adults meet these goals; 50% engage in physical activity irregularly; and 25% of adults do not engage in any physical activity. To read the full article, please click here to visit the Fit Society Page archives.

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