Of course you’ve heard it before BUT….Physical activity each day is one of the most important things we can do to improve our health. It’s recommended by the US Department of Health that adults get the following:
- at least 150-300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
- or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
The minimum 150 minutes a week breaks down to about 21.5 minutes per day of physical activity. When we think of it like that, it feels pretty manageable! If you already have an exercise routine that you do 2-3 times per week, that’s phenomenal! In addition to your structured exercise, you can certainly benefit from adding the additional physical activity minutes to the remainder of your week.
Anything that gets your heart rate beating faster counts as moderate physical activity. Walking the dog, playing with the kids, dancing, etc. are all activities that can do that and also feel fun.
Meeting these daily guidelines can help improve cardiovascular endurance, cognitive function, sleep, metabolic function, quality of life, and more!
Here are 5 easy ways that you can add more activity into your day.
- Take the stairs instead of an escalator or elevator.
- Park farther away from your destination to get more walking time.
- Stand up every 30 minutes and take a few steps, perform a few squats, or do a few stretches for at least 30 seconds but preferably 3 minutes.
- Go for a short walk on your lunch break.
- Sit on an exercise ball at your desk or workspace instead of a chair.
Get your body moving! Try to do your best each day to be active with the resources and time available to you.
by HealthEase fitness pro Alex Michaels