You may not even realize that many of the things you do during the day are ways for you to meet your physical activity needs. Many household chores, for example, will get your heart rate going faster. A faster heartbeat and increased breathing are what define moderate-level activity.
Experts say to do 2½ hours of moderate activity a week. Moderate activity means things like brisk walking, brisk cycling, or shooting baskets. But any activities that raise your heart rate and make you breathe harder—including daily chores—can be included. Many of us are so busy that fitting in physical activity can seem impossible on most days.
Here's some good news: It doesn't have to be a certain amount each day. It's fine to do blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
Here are some ideas for fitting short bursts of activity into your day:
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
Current as ofJune 4, 2014
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