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The Wall Street Journal: The Benefits of Sticking to New Year’s Resolution to Work Out More

By Jo Craven McGinty

Mark this date on your calendar: March 7.

That’s when New Year’s resolutions might stick for good, according to one study that estimates it takes an average of 66 days to develop a new habit.

But most people give up sooner than that, with 80% abandoning their pledges by mid-February, according to Gallup.

In 2018, the most recent year available, 53.3% of U.S. adults surveyed by the CDC said they met physical-activity guidelines based on the recommended minutes of moderate or vigorous exercise. When asked about getting two-plus days of muscle-strength training, only 23.2% said they met the guidelines.

But when the researchers counted lifestyle activities like vacuuming, gardening and leisurely walks as contributions toward the goal of 150 minutes of exertion, 95% of participants met the guidelines.

The study, a collaboration of researchers at California State University, University of North Carolina, University of Missouri at Kansas City and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., was published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Public Health in 2019.

The researchers didn’t assess the muscle-strengthening guidelines, and with aerobic activity, they found demographic differences: Men were consistently more active than women. People of normal weight tended to be more active than people who were overweight. Hispanics were more active than non-Hispanics. And activity decreased with age.

According to the Frontiers in Public Health study, activities at different levels of intensity also contribute to improved health.


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