Updated: Mar 12, 2020
Regardless of your age, you need regular physical activity to stay in good shape. Many people today do not exercise enough. Why is exercise important? Staying physically active can help you to:
· Sleep well.
· Stay mobile.
· Maintain strong bones and muscles.
· Maintain or achieve a healthy weight.
· Lower your risk of suffering from depression.
· Lower your risk of premature death.
If you do not stay physically active, you are more likely to:
· Suffer from heart disease.
· Suffer from type 2 diabetes.
· Develop high blood pressure.
· Develop high cholesterol.
· Suffer a stroke.
The kind of physical activity that is right for you depends on your age and your health, so it would be wise to consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program. According to various recommendations, children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity every day. Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity every week.
Choose an activity that is fun. You might consider basketball, tennis, soccer, brisk walking, cycling, gardening, chopping wood, swimming, canoeing, jogging, or other aerobic exercise. How can you tell whether an activity is moderate or vigorous? A general guide would be that moderate activity makes you sweat, but more vigorous exercise makes it hard for you to hold a conversation while doing it.
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