Any physical activity is better than none, but the closer you are to the recommended amounts, the more you will reap the health benefits. Remember to listen to your body, begin slowly, follow these general tips, and set small goals when starting a heart-healthy physical activity plan.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is recommended that you engage in:
- 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (for example, brisk walking) every week OR 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (jogging or running)
- muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, arms) on 2 or more days a week.
These amounts of physical activity may sound overwhelming, but put another way, this is about 30 minutes of physical activity, 5 days a week. Fortunately, short bursts of physical activity count toward these goals as long as you keep moving for at least 10 minutes at a time.
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