Here's How To Find Time To Exercise
One thing hasn’t changed about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for physical activity: for the sake of our physical and mental health, we’re still advised to perform moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes a week or 75 minutes a week of rigorous exercise. But if your daily routine doesn’t allow dedicated blocks of time for exercise, the flexible new guidelines suggest simply tracking and totaling all the time you’re standing and moving throughout the day, whether you’re rushing to a meeting, running up and down the stairs, pushing a vacuum cleaner, or chasing kids. That’s a change from previous criteria that allowed counting only 10-minute increments of activity. Adding five minutes a day to the time you already spend performing physical activities is an easy way to push up your weekly total. The central message is to move more, sit less. In addition to aerobic exercise, the guidelines specify that adults make time for resistance training (weight lifting) at least two days a week. And the older you are, the more you may need balance training in addition to other types of exercise.
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