Making fitness a consistent part of our lives is essential to good health. Without it, we can develop serious health problems, including heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease claims about 610,000 American lives each year. That’s one in every four U.S. deaths.1
To help combat the disease, the CDC recommends the following exercising tips:
- Adult men and women up to age 64 need a minimum of 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) of moderate aerobic activity a week
- For even greater health benefits, increase moderate-intensity aerobic activity to five hours (300 minutes) a week
- This aerobic activity can be done in 10-minute increments if time is an issue (pregnant and postpartum women should avoid activities that can cause back and abdominal injuries, such as horseback riding, soccer and basketball)
- If shorter periods of exercise time is preferred, 70 minutes of intense aerobic activity a week can be done (women who aren’t pregnant and men)
- Strength-training exercises for all muscle groups should be done twice a week
For more exercise tips from the CDC, including tips for older Americans, pregnant women, and children, visit the CDC’s Physical Activity Basics page.
You should consult your physician or other healthcare professional before starting any fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. If you experience faintness, dizziness, pain or shortness of breath at any time during exercise, you should stop immediately*.
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