How Much Exercise Do You Really Need? by C.F.
You want to get fit and healthy in 2014, but have a limited amount of time or desire to make exercise a priority. Many adults overestimate how much exercise they really need to be healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an adult (age 18-64) needs at least:
2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensive aerobic activity (i.e. brisk walking) each week and muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e. jogging) each week and muscle strengthening activities at least 2 days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
Studies indicate that even ten minutes of exercise spread throughout the week can yield health benefits similar to longer workouts. Additionally, it is best to add variety to your fitness routine for optimal benefits. For instance, you could either add more time or intensity or change up the type of activity. As a result, you will keep your body in high gear and guessing.
There are many good reasons why it’s important to exercise:
- Exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight.
- It boosts your energy level.
- Physical activity releases endorphins (chemicals in your brain) to make you happier and more relaxed.
- Exercise helps to improve blood circulation and blood pressure.
- It helps to prevent many different health problems.
- You will sleep better.
- It helps with the aging process.
It is so important for mental and physical well-being to exercise. If you aren’t currently active and have limited motivation, take note that even a little activity in small increments is better than none at all. It just takes 5 minute intervals of exercise spread throughout the day to produce both short and long term health results.