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HOUSTON, WE HAVE A (PHYSICAL ACTIVITY) PROBLEM

Peterman, James E. Ph.D.; Bassett, David R. Jr Ph.D., FACSM

doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000505
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Apply It! • Physical activity is associated with several health and well-being benefits, but current levels of daily physical activity are at an all-time low.

• Daily physical activity has decreased over the years due to declining lifestyle physical activity levels.

• Innovative strategies from health and fitness professionals are needed to promote physical activity throughout the day.

Summary Statement: Physical activity is associated with several health and well-being benefits but has decreased over the years due to declining rates of lifestyle physical activity.

Pulled Text: “Despite these well-known benefits of physical activity though, there has still been a gradual decline in overall daily physical activity levels.”

“Various devices/appliances have been invented that reduce the physical activity associated with performing household chores. For example, sweeping requires moderate-intensity physical activity but can now be replaced with an autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner (e.g., the ‘Roomba’).”

Performing these tasks without modern technology, Amish adults accumulate an average of 48 hours per week of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity (14).

James E. Peterman, Ph.D.,is a research associate at the Fisher Institute of Health and Well-Being, where he researches the role of healthy lifestyle behaviors on health and well-being.

David R. Bassett, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM,is a professor and department head at the University of Tennessee Knoxville who conducts research on physical activity measurement and the role of physical activity in preventing chronic diseases.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest and do not have any financial disclosures.

© 2019 American College of Sports Medicine.