No matter your age or ability, physical activity is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. When we think of physical activity, we often think of it as a means to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. While exercise is certainly a component of healthy weight, it does so much more for our health, from keeping a list of chronic problems, such as high blood pressure, at bay to improving mental health. Your health department offers the Walk with Ease program, part of an effort to address arthritis, and assists in various children’s programs.
Children and adolescents
Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Young people need a mix of aerobic, muscle strengthening and bone strengthening activity. It might sound like a lot to monitor, but many types of exercise satisfy more than one category and chances are your child is getting much of the recommended activity through normal play and recreation. For example, running or playing games such as basketball or tennis are aerobic and bone strengthening activities. And your child can get the muscle strengthening activity they need though something as simple as tree climbing or a game of tug of war.
Adults should log 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, five days per week and muscle-strengthening activity twice per week.
From bike riding to pushing a lawn mower, there are so many ways to make physical activity part of your routine. Remember, any physical activity is better than no activity and you can break your exercise into 10-minute intervals if you need to. The more exercise you get, the more health benefits you’ll gain!
LEARN MORE: Find out more about the type and amount of physical activity that’s right for you.