Even if you aren’t trying to lose weight or gain muscle, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, the average adult should be participating in at least 30 minutes of physical activity everyday! Keeping up with aerobic activity and strength training will keep you at a healthy weight and prevents the development of certain diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Although exercise may make you feel tired, it actually boosts energy and improves your overall mood.
Three exercise guidelines to follow:
- Get 1-2 hours of aerobic activity spread throughout the course of the week. This can include walking, swimming, dancing or even daily chores such as mowing the lawn in the summer or shoveling the driveway in the winter.
- Do strength training at least twice a week for each of the major muscle groups. Weight machines aren’t necessary. This can include any exercise that provides resistance to your muscles.
- Reduce sitting time! Even if you exercise regularly, sitting too often during the day can heighten your risk of metabolic problems.