So let’s look at some different stats. What is really going on in our lives?
“I don’t have time.”
Truth is we all do have time.
“Specifically, says Nielsen, here’s the average weekly usage for ascending age groups:
2-11: 24 hours, 16 minutes.
12-17: 20 hours, 41 minutes.
18-24: 22 hours, 27 minutes.
25-34: 27 hours, 36 minutes.
35-49: 33 hours, 40 minutes.
50-64: 43 hours, 56 minutes.
65-plus: 50 hours, 34 minutes.
By ethnic groups, Nielsen finds that African Americans watch an average of 218 hours of television a month. Whites watch 155.3 hours, Hispanics an average of 123.2 hours and Asian Americans an average of 92.3 hours.”
Yes we do have time. Even if you only watch 2 hours a day, that includes computer surfing, cell phones, anything that you are just sitting and doing mindless screen time, we can find 60 minutes a day to spend on our health. Exercise and eating well make all the difference. And with the average cost of cable / satellite TV services running about $100.00 a month, not including internet and data costs, it’s a big expense to do nothing.
“What’s your health worth?”
I would hope you feel it’s worth a lot. Here are some medical health averages.
Heart Attack: “The average cost to traditional health insurers for the first 90 days following a heart attack is $38,501. Medicare spends over $14,000 per patient on hospital bills in the year after a heart attack, plus additional amounts for physicians and outpatient care. Moreover, these amounts are rising at a rate of 4 percent annually.
According to an article from the National Business Group on Health, the average total cost of a severe heart attack--including direct and indirect costs--is about $1 million. Direct costs include charges for hospitals, doctors and prescription drugs, while the indirect costs include lost productivity and time away from work. The average cost of a less severe heart attack is about $760,000. Amortized over 20 years, that's $50,000 per year for a severe heart attack and $38,000 per year for a less severe heart attack.
Weight Loss Surgery: According to our 2015 Weight Loss Surgery Cost Survey, the cost of bariatric surgery without insurance in the United States ranges from $10,000 to $30,000 for the three most common procedures: gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding (lap band surgery).
Diabetes: People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of about $13,700 per year, of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on average, have medical expenditures approximately 2.3 times higher than what expenditures would be in the absence of diabetes. For the cost categories analyzed, care for people with diagnosed diabetes accounts for more than 1 in 5 health care dollars in the U.S., and more than half of that expenditure is directly attributable to diabetes. Indirect costs include: increased absenteeism ($5 billion) and reduced productivity while at work ($20.8 billion) for the employed population, reduced productivity for those not in the labor force ($2.7 billion), inability to work as a result of disease-related disability ($21.6 billion), and lost productive capacity due to early mortality ($18.5 billion).”
“I Eat Properly, Most of the Time!”
We all think we eat OK, till we pay attention. Try writing down what you eat every day for 5 days. Also the time you eat, what you did for the day, and what your mood was.
Here are some diet stats:
Total Caloric Intake: The average American takes in 2,031 calories a day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's publication, "What We Eat in America." The average woman takes in 1,778 daily calories, while the average man takes in 2,512 calories per day.
“Americans eat more sugar and less fiber than they should. The American Heart Association recommends that women and men take in no more than about 100 and 150 calories a day from added sugar, respectively, but the average American gets about 476 calories from sugar, with an intake of 119 grams of sugar daily. Additionally, an American takes in about 16 grams of fiber a day, which is far less than the 25 grams women should get each day and the 38 grams men need daily.”
Read labels, write down what you’re eating, at least till you learn, and measure your food. You will get a big surprise.
“How Much Exercise?”
This one has a wide range, from 15 minutes a day to 90 minutes a day. Exercise includes weight training and cardio.
“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults aged 18 to 64 get about four hours of physical activity each week by exercising moderately for 2.5 hours per week and engaging in a vigorous activity, such as running and muscle strengthening, for an hour and fifteen minutes per week.”
"The United States is the fattest country in the world," said Geoffrey Godbey, professor emeritus of recreation, park and tourism management, Penn State. "The amount of exercise Americans get has become a major concern."
So the U.S.CDC recommends just 4 hours a week, or 35 minutes a day. A few years ago, it was raised to 7 hours or 60 minutes a day. That caused an uprising with the public. Dear Lord, you mean less TV and sugar just to exercise? YES!!! We should value our lives and health enough to put in an hour a day. We are a lazy country in general. We have remotes that replace several remotes, so we don’t have to look for all of them or even push too many buttons.
Well at BAER Fit we care more than you about YOU. We want that hour per day of activity. Get up and move and save your health and life.
In closing, having a personal trainer is a lot less expensive than heart attacks, diabetes, or any gastric surgery. And if you really looked at what you do all week, you would find plenty of time. Give up an hour of TV, or those happy hours 2, 3 or 4 times a week. And if you are going to eat, eat for your life. Make your life and health the priority.
If you want or need help, call us here at BAER Fit, 937-748-9905. We will make your life better.
Charles Baerman PhD, CFT, CSFN, CET 937-238-4503 cell 937-748-9905 office email@example.com