Most of us strive to live our healthiest life possible, but a lot of people don’t know exactly how to accomplish that with countless different guidelines available online, from your physician, family or friends. In reality, your healthy lifestyle will probably look different that your spouse’s or neighbors’, but they are all rooted in the same sentiment: move your body and fuel it properly.
Let’s focus on the importance of being active, what this might look like for you, and how it will benefit your long-term health and quality of life. There are standard guidelines for physical activity from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion that are widely accepted by health professionals in all fields. The current physical activity guidelines for adults include:
- Move more than you sit and remember that any physical activity is better than none. The more active you are, the more health benefits you will receive!
- Enjoy substantial health benefits with 150 to 300 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking, jogging, swimming), 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (running, elliptical), or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous aerobic activity each week.
- Adults should also do muscle-strengthening for all major muscle groups activities of moderate or greater intensity at least twice weekly.
So, put simply: do aerobic exercise for about 150 minutes every week and plan at least two strength training sessions and you will start to enjoy the vast benefits of living an active lifestyle!
Speaking of benefits, you might wonder exactly how an active lifestyle benefits your health. At a high level, “…physical activity fosters normal growth and development and can make people feel better, function better, sleep better, and reduce the risk of a large number of chronic diseases” (Health.gov). More specific benefits include:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Boost in “good” cholesterol and decrease in unhealthy triglycerides
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
- Improve conditions/health problems like depression, anxiety, Type 2 diabetes, many types of cancer, arthritis, and tendency to fall in the elderly
- Improved energy levels and better sleep
We hope you can see by now that being active is an essential piece of living a healthy life with minimal health issues. Did you know we have an entire gym and pool available for use? Stop by and ask for a tour if you are looking for a great place to get moving! We even offer Silver & Fit programs for our older audience who is looking for guidance in the world of exercise.