How Do You Feel About Being Average?

Average. 1. equaling or approximating an arithmetic mean. 2.being about midway between extremes. 3. not out of the ordinary; common.

A 2012 Gallup survey found that most Americans exercise for 30 minutes three times per week. (51 percent) Another 18 percent exercise two days per week and a third doesn’t exercise at all.  Seems that people exercise more in the spring and summer than in winter. Obese people and those with incomes under $36,000 per year tend to exercise the least.

The Maryland Population Research Center funded a study that found that Americans average about two hours per week engaged in sports or fitness activities. They also found that dedicated walking was the most prevalent activity and that 5 percent of Americans spend about 53 minutes daily walking. Two hours may not sound like much, but is way more than what we were getting in 1965 when the first U.S. National Diary was conducted.

Average. Is that that good enough for you? Do you go to see average movies? Spend you weekend seeking out average restaurants with average cuisine? Looking for an average job or and average mate? Do you want just an average body?

Don’t know about you but average? That’s not what I want to put the effort into. (Although an average body is an improvement for me) One of the planks of my 20/18 plan is exercise or training 4 hours or more per week. More than average, faster improvement and some flexibility. That comes out to 18 hours per month. Something every one of us can find the time for.

About four hours per week is what  the U.S. Center for Disease Control  recommends for adults aged 18 to 64.  Four hours of physical activity each week by combining moderate exercise for 2.5 hours per week and a vigorous activity, such as running and muscle strengthening, for an hour and fifteen minutes per week.

Over at Prevention Magazine they have an interesting article that cites an even higher amount of exercise. Seems that the JAMA Oncology magazine published a study that 300 minutes of exercise per week was linked to the greatest weight loss and fat loss.

Was worried about getting behind on exercise because of being snowed in over the weekend. It started to snow when I got home on Friday and 20 inches later I am still home on Sunday as I write this. But I did get in 1 1/2 hours yesterday and two hours today of shoveling snow. My week starts on Sunday so I finished last week with 4.3 hours of exercise and started the current week with two hours.

shoveled driveway


Now back to average. Is average really what you want? Obviously it is better than nothing, but it is still average. Can you commit to more and would you? How often do you exercise? Would love to hear from you.



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