How Much Exercise Do You Need?

Exercise is important!

Exercise burns calories, and is important to help regulate calorie balance in the body. If you burn more calories that you take in, you will lose weight. If you take in more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Exercise can also improve quality of life by helping to relieve stress, improve self-esteem, build endurance, control blood pressure, and lower the risk of several chronic diseases.

So how much exercise do you need?

The US National Academy of Sciences (the organization that establishes the US dietary standards) suggests that healthy, normal weight adults, children and teens exercise at the Active  activity level. The Active exercise level includes at least this amount of exercise per day *:

90 minutes of light exercise (such as slow walking or yoga) OR

60 minutes of medium exercise (such as brisk walking or slow swimming) OR

30 minutes of hard exercise (such as running or fast swimming)

OR you can combine exercise intensities such as 30 minutes of brisk walking plus 15 minutes of running.

Enter the exercise that you do into MyDietSteps and let the program tell you your activity level!

* When beginning an exercise routine, it is always advisable to start slowly and build gradually over time to an optimal level. Consult a health professional if you have chronic health problems, risk factors, or questions.

One Comment

  1. Larry
    Posted July 14, 2012 at 4:42 am | Permalink

    Thanks for exercise guidelines, Eliz. One thing I’ve learned is that variety is important. I become easily bored with the same routine — and diet! So, alternating my exercise has really helped me stay motivated and focused.

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