The magic number of minutes you need to get up and move

Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses just how much fitness Americans need daily -- and how many are not meeting the guidelines.
1:50 | 07/29/19

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thanks very much. What's going on, Michael. You don't want to know, George. Well, now we have a "Gma" health alert about working out. There's a new study that looks at how much exercise you should get in a week and how many Americans are actually getting it. Dr. Ashton is here with more and as you noticed we swapped out our chairs for these -- We're on the ball literally. Most people they're sitting more at work than ever. Spend more time sitting. This latest report, it doesn't really bode so well for us as a report card. We're sitting more than ever. About six plus hours a day, almost 20% of the U.S. Population and over 65% -- about 65% of the population are meeting the recommended activity requirements, so about 35% are not and that's 150 minutes a week of moderate activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous activity. So say somebody is close to that or not getting the right amount, what are some tips have you. I think the thing is, what's important about this study is being sedentary is not just the opposite of being ago tip, it affects the entire body from our brain to muscles. If you have no choice but to be sedentary, try to bring your workout to work. So sit on one of these balls that engages the core. This is my secret weapon, Michael, the resistance band, say hello to my little friend. Okay. I have these on all the time when I'm brushing my teeth. Doing my hair. When I'm running around the ABC building. I can't get it over one thigh. Listen, you can do some squats, but you've got to be more active? On your conference call. There you go. During the broadcast, that's right. I like it. I like it. I think we should do the show like this more often. Keep us moving.

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