New guidelines from the Federal Government tout the benefits of getting 150 minutes of physical activity each week. Make sure you fit it in by tracking your activities on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Whether you walk the dog, dance in your living room or take the stairs at work, it all adds up to a healthier, happier you!
The Federal Government describes the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to all Americans.
Physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. It can also help you look and feel your best.
Summary of guidelines by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Examples of moderate versus vigorous aerobic activity from the CDC. Vigorous minutes count double for reaching your goal of 150 minutes a week. Start out with moderate activities if transitioning from inactivity.
- Walking briskly (3 miles per hour or faster, but not race-walking)
- Water aerobics
- Bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour
- Tennis (doubles)
- Ballroom dancing
- General gardening
- Race walking, jogging, or running (or hiking uphill or with a heavy backpack)
- Swimming laps
- Bicycling 10 miles per hour or faster
- Tennis (singles)
- Aerobic dancing
- Heavy gardening (e.g. continuous digging)