There are 1,440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical activity!
Regular exercise is a critical part of staying healthy. People who are active live longer and feel better. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight. It can delay or prevent diabetes, some cancers and heart problems.
Most adults need at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days per week. Examples include walking briskly, mowing the lawn, dancing, swimming for recreation or bicycling. Stretching and weight training can also strengthen your body and improve your fitness level.
The key is to find the right exercise for you. If it is fun, you are more likely to stay motivated. You may want to walk with a friend, join a class or plan a group bike ride. If you've been inactive for awhile, use a sensible approach and start out slowly.
- Guide to Physical Activity - (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
- Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit for Life - (National Institute on Aging) - Also available in Spanish
- Exercise for Older Adults - NIHSeniorHealth (National Institute on Aging)
- For the Young at Heart: Exercise Tips for Seniors - (American Physical Therapy Association)
- Exercise for the Elderly - (American Academy of Family Physicians) - Also available in Spanish
- Target Heart Rate Calculator - (American Cancer Society)
Warm Up, Cool Down and Be Flexible - (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)