Why is it important to exercise?

Exercise promotes your overall well-being by helping to keep your weight normal, strengthen your muscles and bones, and enhance your weightsmood. Regular exercise also reduces the risk of specific illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.

How much do I need to exercise?

Adults should spend 30 minutes or more engaging in moderate exercise at least 5 days of the week. This could include brisk walking, swimming, yoga, or even gardening. The physical activity does not need to be done all at once, either. As long as exercise occurs in chunks of at least 10 minutes, you can break it up however you want.

Children should spend at least 60 minutes engaging in physical activity every day. This is more than adults because children need exercise to help their growing muscles and bones. For children, exercise could be activities like riding a bike, running, gymnastics, climbing a jungle gym, or playing sports.

What if I can’t find the time to exercise?

Many people are able to include exercise in their daily routine. These people do things like: exercise while watching TV, bike or walk to work, or park farther away form their destination. Many people also exercise in classes offered at local gyms or community centers, making it a social activity. When you make physical activity a part of your regular routine, you may find you have more time than you thought!