Moving your body throughout the day is an important part of an overall health and wellness program.
You don’t need to swim as fast as an Olympic athlete or play golf like a pro. You just need to find something you enjoy and do it on a regular basis.
People who are active live longer and feel better.
Being active may help reduce:
- Your weight
- High blood pressure
- Risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke and several forms
How much physical activity do you need?
- Children need at least one hour of physical activity each day.
- Adults need at least two and a half hours of moderate physical activity (like swimming or bike riding) each week. They should also do strength exercises (such as lifting weights or yoga) two days a week.
That may sound like a lot of exercise, but you can do it in short chunks. If you take three, 10-minute walks each weekday you can reach the recommended goal for the week!
What kind of exercise should I do?
Feel like you’re too busy to exercise? Look for times during the day to get up and move. Cutting the grass, walking the dog and dancing around the house are a few options.
Choose activities that you enjoy and that are practical for you. This will make it easier to stick with the exercise.
Remember to check with your health care provider before beginning any new fitness program.