There are many reasons why physical activity is good for your body; having a healthy heart and mobile joints are just two. Physical activity is also good for your mental health. Experts believe that exercise releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good—hello endorphins! Regular exercise can also boost your self-esteem and help you concentrate, sleep and look and feel better. Having an active lifestyle can also offer many opportunities, including: meeting new people, a well-deserved break from your hectic lifestyle and give you that personal time that you desire and deserve.
How active do I need to be?
- Adults (18-64+ years old)— at least 150 minutes each week (30 minutes for 5 days) of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity and strength training activities at least 2/days per week.
What activities can I do to be more physically active?
- Aerobic Activities—moderate effort: biking slowly, canoeing, ballroom dancing, general gardening, walking briskly and water aerobics. Vigorous effort: basketball, jumping rope, running or bicycling hills and swimming laps.
- Muscle Strengthening Activities—work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders and arms): lifting weights, push-ups, sit-ups and working with resistance bands.
- Bone Strengthening Activities—produce a force on the bones that promotes growth and strength, likely by impact with the ground: jumping rope, basketball and tennis.
Leading an active life can help raise your self-worth and improve your confidence, while helping you value yourself and your body. Exercise and physical activity can provide something worthwhile in your life, something that you really enjoy and helps you aim for a goal!
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