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When you're active, life can be better.
helps you look and feel your best and lowers your risk for a heart attack,
type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. It gives you the energy to do
the things that make you happy.
But it can be hard to get into the
habit of daily activity. It's important to find activities that fit your
lifestyle and your personality.
To feel your best, you need at least 2½ hours of
moderate activity a week. Brisk walking is an example.
But any activities that raise your heart rate and make you breathe harder—including daily chores—can be
included. It's fine to be active in blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout
your day and week.
for activities that you enjoy and that fit your lifestyle. Answering the
questions below may help you figure out what activities would be best for you.
After you've thought about your answers, read this list of
ideas for getting active.
try a sport or activity one time, buy expensive equipment or clothes for that
activity, and then never use them again. It's usually a mistake to think that
you will keep up with a particular sport or activity just because you've
invested money in it. Wait until you know that you really enjoy the activity,
and then spend the money. In some cases, you can rent the equipment to find out
if you like the sport.
On the other hand, spending a little money
can be a wise investment in your health. For example, joining a fitness center
or gym can help you succeed at becoming more active. A fitness professional can help you plan a routine and learn proper form and technique.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
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