Regular exercise is good for your health and wellness for many reasons.
It can help you:
Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
Improve your mental health and mood.
Boost your energy levels.
Improve your sleep quality.
Strengthen your bones and muscles.
Improve your balance and coordination.
Reduce your risk of falls.
Improve your self-esteem.
Increase your lifespan.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week. Children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.
Even moderate-intensity exercise can provide health benefits. Moderate-intensity aerobic activity includes activities such as brisk walking, swimming, and dancing. Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity includes activities such as running, jogging, and playing sports.
If you are new to exercise, start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time you spend being active. You can also break up your physical activity into shorter periods throughout the day. For example, you could walk for 30 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes in the evening, and do some strength-training exercises during lunch.
There are many different ways to get exercise. You can find an activity that you enjoy and that fits into your lifestyle. Some popular activities include:
If you have any health concerns, talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.