Adults need at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. To reach this amount, the following are some recommendations provided by the American Heart Association:
Stretch. In addition to the time you spend doing physical activity, stretching between 5 to 10 minutes a day allows you to strengthen your muscles, helps prevent injury can help you achieve greater endurance on a daily basis.
Two or three times a day, find the time to walk for 10 minutes straight. This can be at work, with your co-workers, or if you are at home, throughout your hallways. One idea is to go for a walk while you are on the phone.
Look to incorporate new practices in your daily exercise routine such as tai chi or yoga, exercises that activate the mind, muscles and aerobic performance.
Physical activity offers the following benefits:
- Prevents weight gain when combined with a balanced diet
- Reduces daily stress and improves mood
- Helps reduce the onset of neurodegenerative problems and improves cognitive function in the elderly
- Improves sleep and is especially recommended for those with sleeping problems