How Many Days Should I Exercise?

Have you ever heard of someone saying that they mowed the lawn yesterday and that’s how they got their exercise in? A lot of people get physical activity and exercise mixed up all the time. Physical activity is movement of the body that uses energy and is light in intensity. Exercise in any movement that works your body at a greater intensity than your usual level of daily activity. Below I am going to go over the guidelines for how much physical activity and exercise you should get in a week.

Every day we should be focusing on trying to increase our physical activity. A great way to increase your physical activity is by taking extra steps in your day. You can accomplish this by walking your dog, parking further out in a parking lot, and by taking the steps instead of the elevator.

Three to five times a week you should be performing aerobic activity. Aerobic activity is a great way to burn a ton of calories and increase your cardiovascular system. Aerobic activities consist of jogging, rowing, biking, swimming, etc… If you’re not a big fan of any of those activities you can choose to do some recreational sports instead. Recreational sports that would be good for aerobic activity would be tennis, soccer, basketball, and racquetball. If you really get bored running on a treadmill you can substitute one of those sports for a cardio session.

Two to three days a week you should do strength training and leisure activities. Strength training will help with preserving/building of the muscle. Good exercises for strength training would be pushups, squats, lunges, and planks. Leisure activities would be golf, bowling, and yard work. Leisure activities are a great way to stay active but don’t give much benefit for building muscle or increasing your cardiovascular system.

Watching t.v., playing video games, and sitting for long periods should be done very sparingly. They have no benefits to your health, so try to do this as little as possible.





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