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How Much Exercise Is Enough?

You know you need to exercise. Seemingly everywhere you turn—including our blog—you hear about the need to get regular physical activity.

But what does “regular” physical activity actually entail? How much is enough? Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial wants to shed some light on the topic in today's blog. Read on to learn more.

Why Is Exercise So Important?

Before we dive into how much exercise you need to be getting, let's first touch on why it's important. A lack of physical activity—and being overweight or obese as a result—is associated with a higher risk of nearly every serious medical condition.

That's why it is important! Because not getting enough physical activity can wreak havoc on your health, increasing your risk of medical issues and making you less healthy overall. But beyond that basic benefit, exercise also boosts your physical and mental health in other ways.

Benefits of Exercise

  • Weight control
  • Blood sugar and blood pressure management
  • Improved mood
  • Strengthened mental health
  • Sharpened thinking skills

How Much Do I Need to Exercise?

Let's face it: Sometimes exercise feels like a chore we just don't want to do. So, how much of it do you really need?While this varies somewhat depending on your specific goals, there are some basic guidelines.

To maintain optimal health, most adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week. If you're looking to lose weight or become more fit, you will need to get more than that each week—in some cases even doubling the number. Children and teens need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Joint-Friendly Exercises

  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Dancing or Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Strength training

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