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Ask Yourself: How Hard Should I Exercise?

Physical Activity Plan

Exercising isn't always easy. It can be hard to find the time and motivation. One thing that can help is developing a regular physical activity plan. A physical activity plan can help you stay on track to lose weight and be more energetic.

If you want a physical activity plan, follow the "FITT" principles. Following these principles will help you plan the most important aspects of your physical activity.

  • F is for Frequency: How often should you be physically active?
    Whether you're a beginner or you already exercise regularly, find a frequency you can stick to. MOVE! encourages you to exercise at least five days per week. Remember, you can split it up into 10-minute sessions throughout the week.

  • I is for Intensity: How hard should you work while physically active?
    The best intensity is what you feel happy doing. MOVE! recommends moderate intensity activity. This includes walking briskly, water aerobics, bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour, playing tennis, ballroom dancing, or light gardening.

  • T is for Time: How long should you be physically active?
    It's important to be active at least two and a half hours (or 150 minutes) a week for important health benefits. Also, you can add 300 minutes if you want to lose weight. You can break this chunk up into 10-minute sessions throughout the week.

  • T is for Type: What type of activity should you do?
    Think about what keeps you motivated. Is it walking in your neighborhood with a friend? Attending group aerobic classes? Or, swimming laps? Whatever it is, the activity that you're going to enjoy the most is usually the best.

Remember, it's important to get endurance activities throughout the week as well as strength and flexibility training. Don't forget to use "FITT" as a guide to plan your physical activity. Doing this will help you create the most well-rounded program.

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Created: June 28, 2017