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Government’s New Exercise Guidelines Realistic?
Are you willing to exercise 60 to 90 minutes a day to lose weight? That’s
what may be required, at least according to the panel of medical and
scientific experts who created the government’s ‘Dietary Guidelines for
Americans 2005,’ published jointly by the U.S. Department of Health & Human
Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this year.
Not surprisingly, the general public has been less than enthusiastic:
“It’s completely discouraging,” said Eileen Peterson, a mother of two young
children. “How can I set aside 60 to 90 minutes for exercise? Why even try?”
“There is no way. Work, family, friends, it already adds up to more than 24
hours in a day. The exercise will be the first thing to go,” said Nora Norby,
a small business owner.
Debbie Weinhold, an executive administrator with a husband and teenage
daughter, agrees. “No way. I don’t even really like exercising! I’m willing
to walk at lunch and on weekends, but at the end of the work day, I want to
spend time with my family.”
Exactly What Qualifies as Exercise?
According Sandra Swami, corporate wellness expert for Room & Board and new
member of Melpomene's Board of Directors, most people cite lack of time as
the problem. But she also believes that the definition of ‘exercise’ has
become too narrow and turns people off. “Most people think that ‘exercise’
has to take place in a gym or in team sports -- and it has to feel like
torture,” she said, “This is simply not true.”
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