New Fitness Guidelines Clarify How Much Exercise is Really Enough

Saturday, August 18, 2007 General News
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MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 16 Most American adults don'texercise enough, but updated national guidelines for physical fitness allowfor flexibility and will make it easier to determine how much is enough tomaintain good health, according to Health Fitness Corporation (HFC)(OTC Bulletin Board: HFIT), a national leader in worksite health management.

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Associationreleased the new national guidelines Aug. 1. For the first time in a dozenyears, experts updated and clarified national physical activity guidelineswhich define the minimum physical activity required to maintain good health.The lead author of the report is William L. Haskell of Stanford University'sSchool of Medicine, who also serves on HFC's Science Advisory Board.

"The new standards don't wipe away the old guidelines, but clarify themand make it much easier to interpret a mixed batch of exercise intensitylevels," said Gregg Lehman, Ph.D., president and CEO of HFC. "We are alreadyincorporating the guidelines into all our health management products,including our health assessments, fitness management protocols, and ourEMPOWERED(TM) health coaching materials."

"Developing a culture of health requires a clear understanding of whatsteps our employees should take to stay healthy and reduce the risks forchronic illness," Lehman said. "HFC associates at worksites nationwide havethe expertise to apply these guidelines, as well as nutrition and other healthmanagement protocols, so they can help individuals meet their healthmanagement goals."

HFC is a leading provider of employee health management programs.Managing more than 400 fitness centers globally, the company also offers asuite of health management services on-site, Web-based and telephonically.

The guidelines were developed by an expert panel of scientists, includingphysicians, epidemiologists, exercise scientists, and public healthspecialists. The panel considered new scientific evidence relating physicalactivity to health, physical activity recommendations released by respectedorganizations since the original guidelines were released in 1995, andconsidered ways to clearly communicate the guidelines.

The group recommended that, in order to maintain good health, all healthyadults need moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (such as briskwalking) for at least 30 minutes for five days each week, or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (such as jogging) for at least 20 minutesfor three days each week. The report helpfully outlines variations andcombinations of vigorous-intensity workouts and moderate-intensity workouts,and also recommends that every adult should perform activities that maintainor increase muscular strength and endurance at least two days each week.Those who want to lose weight or improve their personal fitness shouldexercise more than the minimum recommendations.

About Health Fitness Corporation

Health Fitness Corporation (HFC) is a leading provider of employee healthimprovement services to Fortune 500 companies, the health care industry andindividual consumers. Serving clients for more than 30 years, HFC partnerswith employers to effectively manage their health care and productivity costsby improving individual health and well-being. HFC serves more than 300clients globally via on-site management and remotely via Web and telephonicservices. HFC provides a complete portfolio of health and fitness managementsolutions including a proprietary health risk assessment platform, screenings,EMPOWERED(TM) Health Coaching and delivery of health improvement programs. HFCemploys more than 3,000 health and fitness professionals in national andinternational locations who are committed to the company's mission of"improving the health and well-being of the people we serve." For moreinformation on HFC, visit r

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