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Make Every Move Count

April 17, 2023

April is Move More Month, which promotes daily movement. Created by the American Heart Association, it encourages people to make every move count. Daily movement can add up to big improvements in physical and mental health and well-being.

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans address the strong relationship between sitting time and the risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancers of the colon, endometrium, and lung. They also note its high prevalence in the U.S. population, with U.S. children and adults spending approximately 7.7 hours per day (55% of their waking time) sitting. Thus, the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines urge Americans not only to “move more,” but also to “sit less.”

Registered exercise professionals can help clients move more and sit less by:

  1. Progressing clients toward targets of at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity and at least 2 days per week of muscle-strengthening activity.
  2. Monitoring clients’ progress to ensure that activity matches guidelines and goals.
  3. Reinforcing clients’ progress in order to sustain activity over time.

Check out our registry to find a registered exercise professional near you.