The Exercise Edge

Physical activity is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few reasons why:

1. Physical activity promotes heart health. It can improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels.; 2. Physical activity is associated with bone, muscle, and joint health.; 3. Physically active individuals are less likely to develop many chronic diseases.; 4. Physical activity helps with energy balance and maintaining a stable weight.; 5. Physical activity helps relieve stress and improves sleep.

How to Get Started With Exercise…and Keep it Going!

All adults should aim for about 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise. Aerobic activity can be done in 10 minute spurts and should be spread evenly throughout the week.

Variety - Enjoy different activities to exercise different muscle groups. Walking, dancing, swimming, biking, jogging, stretching, group fitness classes and housework are examples of ways to get some activity in your life.

Balance - Do some cardiovascular endurance exercises as well as muscular strengthening activities. Make sure to stretch!

Moderation - Don’t overdo it. Aim for 30 - 45 minutes of moderate exercise in your daily routine most days of the week.

Ideas for Keeping Active:


More Information on Physical Activity

2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Physical Activity – CDC website
Physical Activity – American Heart Association website

Nutrition and Physical Activity:
Hydrate Right During Physical Activity – Eatright.org
Timing Your Nutrition – EatRight.org


References:
1. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2008). Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion website. http://health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/. Accessed August 13, 2015.