Few Americans are meeting government health recommendations

The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued new guidelines for exercise.

The guidelines recommend adults get 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise, such as a brisk walk or riding a bike.

They also encourage adults do a muscle-strengthening activity like yoga twice a week.

Government officials say only one in three adults in American are meeting those guidelines.

“I think in today’s society a lot of it had to do with time constraints. We seem to be pulled in a lot of different directions,” said Amanda Dernbach, a nurse practitioner with Mayo Clinic Health System.

For children older than five, 60 minutes or aerobic exercise and three muscle strengthening sessions are recommended.

Officials say only one in five children meet that goal.

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