Q. How Much Physical Activity You Really Need

Q. How Much Physical Activity Do You Need?

A.  U.S. guidelines advise that healthy adults (ages 18 – 64), should be physical active each day. Physical Activity could include your choice of these activities on a regular basis:

Adults need at least:

Walking  2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic  activity (i.e., brisk walking) each week.

and

Weight  muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. Be sure to  work all major muscle groups. These muscle groups are legs, hips, back, abdomen (abs or core), chest, shoulders, and arms.

OR

Running 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) each week.

and

Weight  muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. These exercises should work all major muscle groups. These muscle groups are legs, hips, back, abdomen (abs or core), chest, shoulders, and arms.

Or

Walking Running An equal mix of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.

and

Weight   muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. These strength-training exercises should work every major muscle group. These muscle groups are legs, hips, back, abdomen (abs or core), chest, shoulders, and arms.

Note: If you have a health problem like heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, talk with your doctor. He/she will advise you about the types and amounts of physical activity that are right for you.

Recent studies suggest that sitting for long periods of time may lead to health problems. These include, but not limited to: diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This was found even among people who are active at other times of the day.


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