Physical activity plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle. Combined with healthy eating, it can help prevent a range of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and The Beast (type 2 diabetes).
As you exercise, you may begin to feel immediate benefits like reduced stress and anxiety, increased energy, and improved sleep. You can also experience long-term benefits of physical activity — improvements in bone health, strength, balance and coordination, blood sugar, and weight management. These positive changes are sure to scare The Beast away.
Every step counts
A general guide is to move at least 1-2 minutes for every hour of sitting, in addition to 150 minutes of moderate activity each week. What does that mean for you?
- Try not to stay seated for more than an hour at a time. Set timers to remind you to get up and move.
- Move your body at a moderate pace for at least 22 minutes every day, or for at least 30 minutes, five days per week. Moving at a moderate pace means you will notice your breathing change and you may start to sweat or feel warm. You should have enough breath to talk but not enough to sing or whistle.
You can also break your movement into short, natural activities throughout your day. Here are some easy ways to get some extra steps:
Being active should be enjoyable and something you can stick to. If you have not been physically active in a while, you may be wondering how to get started again. Here are some ways to help you get going:
Reduce inactive time
When it works for you
The first step to healthy starts with you. Join our journey to defeat The Beast in Monterey County.
Disclaimer: We strongly recommend you consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise program.