Physical Activity in the U.S.
Social behaviors (or lack thereof) also have health costs associated with them. Smoking, costs an additional $170 billion in direct medical costs (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2014). Sedentary lifestyles costs Americans $117 billion annually (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2015). "In 2010, excessive alcohol use cost the US economy $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink, and $2 of every $5 of these costs were paid by the public. Binge drinking is responsible for over half the deaths and three-quarters of the costs due to excessive alcohol use.”
To avoid chronic illness and disease, humans should seek to participate in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Physical activity comes in many different forms, just make sure that you are always going at a pace you are comfortable with. Many health benefits are achieved through weight training and cardio. To accomplish optimal health, both weight training and cardio should be done, neither should be ignored.
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