New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but even easier to break. We are never too out-of-shape, too overweight, or too old to make healthy changes. Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are losing weight, being more physically active, eating healthy foods, reducing stress, and quitting bad habits.
Abundant evidence shows exercise can enhance health and well-being. But for many, a sedentary lifestyle has replaced physical activities. People simply aren’t moving enough to meet the minimum threshold for good health. But what is the minimum needed to be considered healthy?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people need to move more and sit less. To maintain health and reduce risk of health problems, the CDC has specified just how much physical activity adults need on most days.
• Moderate-intensity activity (brisk walking for 150 minutes a week for example, 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week)
• Vigorous-intensity activity (jogging or running for 75 minutes – ex. 1 hour and 15 minutes weekly)
• Mix of activity (equal amounts of moderate and vigorous-intensity 2 or more days a week)
• Add in muscle-strengthening activities 2 or more days a week
The CDC also explains that if going beyond the 150 minutes minimum a week, a person will gain more health benefits. CDC guidelines emphasize that moving more and sitting less will benefit nearly everyone. Let’s get moving.
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Making physical activity a part of an older adult’s life. [Internet]. CDC.gov [cited 2022, Jan 06]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adding-pa/activities-olderadults.htm