We all know how important it is to exercise – but how much exercise do we really need? Read on to learn more about how much exercise we all need – and how to get more if you’re not quite reaching that goal.
We all need exercise! The amount, however, depends on our age and other health factors.
According to the CDC, our exercise needs according to age are:
- 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity (ie, brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity (ie. jogging or sports) per week for adults
- 60 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per day for children and teens.
It’s important to remember that those with underlying, ongoing health conditions should talk to their primary care provider about exercise needs. There are a lot of variables that can’t be covered here – so be safe!
Fitting In Mini-Workouts
The good news is you can break up your weekly exercise needs in a way that works best for your schedule! For example, an adult might go for a brisk 30 minute walk 5 mornings per week – or a 15 minute walk twice per day for 5 days a week!
Others might choose to do longer workouts to meet their needs and can spread them out further if desired.
Here are a few ways to fit in bursts of exercise throughout the day:
- Play a quick game of tag with the kids before dinner. (Vigorous)
- Jog in place while reading your email or watching your favorite show. (Vigorous)
- Take a brisk walk on your lunch break. (Moderate)
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator. (Moderate)
Getting the exercise you need is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. While it might be difficult at first, you’ll find that you have more energy as you become more fit and even start to look forward to your workouts!
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!