Get Ready - Physical Activity


Get Ready

physical activity dumbbellHere is some information about physical activity, its benefits, how to get started, and safety.

Physical activity has many health benefits, and is key to both weight loss and weight management. The best thing about physical activity is that even a little can help you feel great. In no time at all you will have more energy, sleep better and feel more fit.

In October 2008, the US Department of Health and Human Services launched the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Adults and children can use this information to become physically active on a regular basis. You can be active your way by choosing activities that best suit you and your lifestyle.

The basic message is:

  1. Some activity is better than none, and more is better
  2. Do at least 2 ½ hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity,
  3. 1 ¼ hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
  4. Activity should be done in at least 10 minute chunks and spread out during the week
  5. For even more health benefits, do muscle strengthening activities and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days per week

There are many fun ways to increase your activity slowly and safely.

The Physical Activity Pyramid (PDF) is a general guide to how much activity you need.

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Reviewed/Updated Date: January 2012
Clinical Advisory Board Sponsor: Dr. Linda Kinsinger
Clinical Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Kenneth R. Jones, Sophia Hurley
Patient Education Subject Matter Experts: Dr. Rose Mary Pries, Dr. Pam Hebert

Tip of the Day

Tip of Day

In remarks about so many traders suddenly dropping dead at the New York Stock Exchange, a cardiologist said that we must stop living "cardiologically incorrect" lives. We have too much: stress, weight, fat in our diets, lack of exercise, tobacco and alcohol use, and just plain living and working at a frenetic pace. NOW is the time to correct this! NOT after your first "big one". Start now by just quietly doing whatever is necessary to fix it, and keep doing it!

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