Everyone can benefit from more physical activity

Physical activity can make daily life better, so get moving. An increase in daily activity can boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce your stress, improve your sleep and have many other benefits.

It is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. And no matter who you are, you can find safe, fun ways to get a little more active.

Just getting started? Build up to 150 minutes per week over time. Even five minutes of physical activity has health benefits—and it all adds up. It’s important that if you are going to start a new fitness routine you consult with your doctor to discuss any limitations.

Pregnant or postpartum? It’s safe and healthy to be active during and after pregnancy and getting active can make it less likely that you’ll develop health problems. Listen to your body and your doctor and do activities that feel right for you.

Have a disability or ongoing health problem? You can adapt activities to fit your abilities, and you may find that physical activity makes everyday life easier. If you have an ongoing health problem, it may even improve your symptoms.

Not feeling steady on your feet? Mix in activities to improve your balance and lower your risk of falls like tai chi or swimming.

Already get 150 minutes a week? Push yourself harder to get even more health benefits. Go for at least 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity (or 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity). The more you move, the better!

Don’t forget to work your muscles! At least two days a week, do activities that build muscle strength, like lifting weights or using resistance bands.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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