We’ve all heard the message – Exercise is good for us, it helps prevent disease and increases energy and even makes us live longer. Yet, too many people don’t get enough physical activity.
Physical activity is any movement that works your muscles and burns calories. It can range from the gentle, like walking, to the strenuous, such as marathon running or high-intensity swimming. Exercise can also include strength training, which strengthens the muscle groups and increases bone density. Exercise can help reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve your sleep.
The best exercise for you depends on your current fitness level and goals. Try to include exercises in your weekly routine that work all major muscle groups. In addition, you should incorporate cardiovascular exercise (like brisk walking or jogging) and stretching.
Cardiovascular exercise strengthens the heart and lowers blood pressure. It can also reduce the risk of diabetes, stroke and heart attack by improving your blood cholesterol. It’s also a great way to lose weight, but it’s important not to overdo it.
Stretching and flexibility exercises keep the muscles flexible and joints limber, which can improve your performance in sports or other activities. They can also improve your balance and prevent injuries.
To get the most benefit from exercise, aim to be active for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity activity. You can break up the time into smaller chunks during the week if that is easier for you. Träning