Move for better health

July 25, 2020

ARE you getting enough exercise? If not, you may rethink and reconsider some changes.

Being active can help you improve your health and feel better. It can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, like type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.

Physical activity can boost your mood right away and help sharpen your focus. It can also reduce stress and help you sleep.

Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week. You can start with just five minutes at a time. Swim, garden, walk the dog, dance, or bike your way to feeling better. Remember, whatever gets you moving counts.

Strengthening your muscles is important too. At least two days each week, get those muscles working with things like push-ups or lifting weights.

Children age three to five should be physically active for at least three hours throughout the day. Children six through 17 need at least one hour per day.

All of your physical activity adds up. Moving more often throughout the day can help you get enough activity. Find fact sheets and other resources (link is external) for parents, kids, and more.

Doing household chores or walking your dog is a good form of exercise.