Life is full of choices, yet there seems to be one that will never let you down: choosing to be physically active. This decision will always be in your favor*.
This choice is the only one that can lower your risk for chronic diseases, while strengthening your muscles and bones and even improving your mood.
For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week, according to the Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Getting 150 minutes of exercise a week might seem like a lot, but breaking it down into smaller intervals can help make it feel more manageable.
Read on to learn about all the benefits of being active and how to incorporate physical activity into your daily life.
Fitting physical activity into your daily schedule can make a significant difference in:
Make time for physical activity throughout your day. Consider these tips:
These small tips can make the choice of being physically fit easier and fun. Remember, small steps can make a big difference in your health. There is only one choice — physical fitness.
Make a plan to stay on track. Create your Activity Planner on the Department of Health and Human Services Move Your Way website. Set your own weekly goals, choose the activities you want to do, and get personalized tips to help you stay motivated. When you’re done, print your plan or share it with friends and family.
Setting small physical activity goals is a great way to keep you on track. There are numerous applications available online and via phone apps to help you keep track of your progress and stay motivated.