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You may not even realize that many of the
things you do during the day are ways for you to meet your physical activity
needs. Many household chores, for example, will get your heart rate going
faster. A faster heartbeat and increased breathing are what define moderate-level activity.
Experts say to do 2½ hours of moderate activity a week. Moderate activity
means things like brisk walking, brisk cycling, or shooting baskets. But any
activities that raise your heart rate and make you breathe harder—including daily chores—can be included.
Many of us are so busy that fitting in physical activity can seem impossible on
Here's some good news: It doesn't have to be a certain
amount each day. It's fine to do blocks of 10 minutes or more throughout your
day and week.
Here are some ideas for fitting short bursts of
activity into your day:
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Heather Chambliss, PhD - Exercise Science
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