I’m sharing how much exercise is recommended for optimal health benefits…
How active are you? Approximately 40% of U.S adults get no leisure-time physical activity and therefore are considered to have a sedentary lifestyle. Are you one of them?
If you are, that’s okay. As long as you have a breath left you can still change your lifestyle and choose to be more active.
Exercise lowers your risk of early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, to name a few.
Here’s the deal… achieving a healthy weight has health benefits. To ensure you obtain optimum health and wellness it is important that you also implement an active lifestyle.
According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to take advantage of the health benefits of physical activity adults need the following:
- A minimum 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity or 115 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity or an equivalent mix of both each week
- Participate in strength training at least two or more times per week, working all major muscle groups
One hundred and fifty minutes or two and a half hours is a commitment. Let’s take it one day at a time. We are talking about thirty minutes per day, five days per week, of aerobic activity with some strength training added in two or more times per week.
Be sure to consult your doctor before you start an exercise program, especially if you’ve been sedentary for a long time. Start your new active lifestyle by taking it one day at a time. You know, walk before you run.
If you are interested in taking your wellness to the next level and you don’t know where to start, I’m a Wellness Coach. A Life Coach with a focus on wellness. Contact me for a complementary introductory session.