Physical activity

Use the three steps below to begin your journey to Best Health.

1. Know this

Aerobic fitness increases how well your body uses oxygen. Activities that make your heart beat faster, like walking or running, can improve aerobic fitness. Experts say your goal should be one, or a combination, of these:

  • Moderate aerobic activity: brisk walking, for at least 2½ hours each week.
  • Vigorous activities: running, for at least 1¼ hours a week.

Moderate physical activity is safe for most people. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before becoming more active, especially if you have health complications.

2. Do this

If you’re ready to add more physical activity to your day, here are some tips to get you started:

  • Schedule your activity for times that you’re likely to keep doing it. If you don’t have time for one 30-minute walk, break it up into three 10-minute walks.
  • Find a partner. This can make exercising more fun.
  • Find an activity that you enjoy, and stay with it. Vary it with other activities so you don’t get bored.

3. Use this

Check out the following Best Health offerings to help you lead a more active lifestyle.

  • Physical activity health coaching – Work one-on-one with a Best Health Coach.  
  • Online physical activity tracker – Track your minutes and activities to keep up with your fitness goals.
  • Online exercise learning module – Learn how to become more active in this six-week online workshop.

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Current as of: September 10, 2020. Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health