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LEISURE TIME: GYM OR COMPUTER?

LEISURE TIME: GYM OR COMPUTER?

LEISURE TIME: GYM OR COMPUTER?

How wisely are you using your free time? Your doctor would probably advise you to use some of that time each day for physical activity. The not so surprising news is that a majority of Americans would prefer to stay still and look at some type of screen during their off hours. And by now, we all know that a sedentary lifestyle often leads to compromised health.

A new  study was published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease and was conducted by collecting data from over 32,000 Americans who recorded every one of their activities over a 24-hour period between 2014 and 2016. The study shows that the average American has about five hours of totally free time every day.

Men had more free time (mean and spent more on leisure time physical activity than women did Compared with those with a higher income and a college education, those with income below 185% of federal poverty guidelines and those with a high school education reported more free time but spent more time on television, movies, and other screen time and less on physical activity.

Perhaps the most significant finding is that lack of free time is not responsible for low levels of leisure time physical activity. Instead, it appears that not exercising is simply a choice many of us make. That means the “I’m too busy to exercise” excuse is just that – an excuse. Instead, it appears the majority spends  that free time largely with their electronic devices. We are a bit obsessed with our screens. But, on average, men spent only 6.6% of their free time on exercise, and women spent 5%. Those percentages are not necessarily referring to gym time. They are referring to any physical activity. You may be spending only 15 to 20 minutes a day moving. That is why we continue to encourage you to consider Strength Science Studios, where you can absolutely change your life by stopping by just once a week for 30 minutes. SSS focuses primarily on people age 50 and up, in a welcoming environment in which you will always work one-on-one with a highly skilled personal trainer. You will not be asked to sign a long-term contract. There are no big mirrored walls, no loud music and no extreme pressure to out-perform others. You may also want to take advantage of our massage service by a licensed massage therapist. Stop by and see us at 9730 Bluebonnet Blvd., or call to setup a free consultation, (225) 256-3000. Learn more about Strength Science Studios at www.strengthsciencestudios.net

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