Get Moving - Physical Activity
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, doing some kind of moderate physical activity for a total of 30-40 minutes a day, most days a week, will make a big difference in reducing your heard disease and stroke risk. Here are some other benefits of exercise:
Source: Pennington Biomedical Center
|You do not currently engage in regular physical activity,||you should begin by incorporating a few minutes of physical activity into each day, gradually building up to 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity activities.|
|You are now active, but at less than the recommended levels,||you should strive to adopt more consistent activity:|
|You currently engage in moderate-intensity activities for at least 30 minutes on 5 or more days of the week,||you may achieve even greater health benefits by increasing the time spent or intensity of those activities.|
|You currently regularly engage in vigorous-intensity activities 20 minutes or more on 3 or more days of the week,||you should continue to do so.|
*Moderate-intensity physical activity: Any activity that burns 3.5 to 7 Calories per minute (kcal/min) (Ainsworth et al., 2000). These levels are equal to the effort a healthy individual might burn while walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation, or bicycling.
**Vigorous-intensity physical activity: Any activity that burns more than 7 Calories per minute (kcal/min) (Ainsworth et al., 2000). These levels are equal to the effort a healthy individual might burn while jogging, engaging in heavy yard work, participating in high-impact aerobic dancing, swimming continuous laps, or bicycling uphill.
Tips for Being Physically Active
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention - Physical Activity for Everyone
Be sure to exercise safely!!