Simple Steps Toward Living a Healthier More Active Life
You don’t need a complicated exercise routine—or even a gym membership—to boost your well-being. Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services updated its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans for the first time in a decade. The new guidelines are simple: Everyone should move more and sit less.
The current guidelines recommend that adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of activity, such as brisk walking, each week and perform muscle-strengthening activities at least two days per week.
The previous guidelines stated that you needed to be active for at least 10 minutes at a time in order to reap any health benefits. Based on new research, however, the updated guidelines suggest that any length of activity—even walking up a few flights of stairs—counts.
Another important update to the guidelines is the recommendation that younger kids—those ages 3 to 5—should be more active throughout the day to support their growth and development. This can include a wide variety of activities such as:
- Playing on a playground
- Riding a tricycle or bicycle
- Dancing, skipping, and jumping
- Playing games such as tag or follow the leader
Get a Move On
Adding more activity to your daily life isn’t just about losing weight. Even if your scale doesn’t budge, you still have lots to gain from leading an active lifestyle. In addition to mental and physical benefits, you’ll also notice that simple daily tasks such as carrying heavy boxes, doing housework, and playing with your kids become easier to do.
Consistently seeking out opportunities to stand up and move your body on a daily basis will yield benefits now and throughout your lifetime.
Ask Us for Help (It’s What We’re Here For!)
Getting 150 minutes of activity every week can feel like a daunting task. For help creating a plan to reach your exercise goals, find a provider in your area who will partner with as you work toward moving more and sitting less.