New Physical Activity Guidelines State Even 2-Minute Walks Count Towards Health

Physical activity is important for overall health. Many are probably aware of the American Heart Association’s recommended guidelines of 150 to 300 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. New guidelines have been issued that state just 2 minutes of activity has enough effect to be added towards the weekly recommended amount.

Previous guidelines stated that physical activity that lasted less than 10 minutes could not be counted towards a person’s recommended weekly goals. It was thought that time periods of less than 10 minutes didn’t really contribute to overall health. However, new research shows that smaller amounts of physical activity do provide a solid contribution to a person’s wellness.

It’s important to talk about physical activity as only 26% of men and 19% of women meet weekly recommended guidelines. Inactivity causes 10% of premature mortality in the U.S., according to the US. Department of Health and Human Services.

However, before jumping into any new exercise regimen, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to recommend appropriate exercises for you based on your health and circumstances.


Nov. 12, 2018, media briefing with: Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Eileen Handberg, M.D., professor, cardiovascular medicine, University of Florida’s College of Medicine, Gainesville; Nov. 12, 2018, presentation, American Heart Association annual meeting, Chicago; Nov. 12, 2018, Journal of the American Medical Association, online


    TRACY SACRE, RN       

Tracy Sacre, President & Owner of Proof of Care

Tracy is a Registered Nurse and the owner of Proof of Care, Vancouver’s leading home health company. After 20 years of nursing and 7 years of teaching caregivers, Tracy realized that the standard of care in the community for caregiving was desperately poor. In 2011 she took up the challenge and launched Proof of Care, which has gone on to provide care for hundreds of seniors, employ over 250 professional caregivers and lead the field by giving Canada’s best home care experiences daily.

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