Be physically active in the new year

There is no need to think of strenuous exercise or boring workouts, instead do the fun activities you enjoy and watch the health benefits that follow!

Following holiday celebrations, thoughts often turn to the New Year and getting in shape. Regular physical activity over months and years produces long-term health benefits and reduces the risk of many diseases.

Adults gain substantial health benefits from 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity. Adults should also do activities to strengthen muscles and bones at least 2 days a week.

For most people, light daily activities such as shopping, cooking, or doing the laundry don`t count toward the guidelines. Why? Your body isn`t working hard enough to get your heart rate up.

Moderate-intensity aerobic activity means you’re working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. One way to tell is that you’ll be able to talk, but not sing the words to your favorite song.

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