This entry is the final of 10 named “10 Simple Steps To Make Good Habits More Delicious” from the Sport, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition group.
Physical activity and diet go hand in hand. You really can’t have one without the other for your health! Exercise is very important to help you maintain a healthy weight and to prevent disease. It strengthens our muscles, bones, heart, and more! To help you achieve and/ or maintain a healthy body weight, the US Dietary Guidelines encourage 2 ½ to 5 hours of moderately intense exercise or 1 ½ to 5 hours of vigorous exercise each week. Shoot for 3 days of cardiovascular exercise such as walking, running, or biking and 2 days of strength training a week.
Follow these steps to get started
- Consult with your doctor about exercise before you begin any exercise program. They will be able to point you in the direction or refer you to an exercise specialist.
- Choose a heart-pumping exercise that you enjoy. You’re more likely to stick with an exercise program if you like the movement! Here are some suggestions: walking, jogging/ running, group exercise classes, dancing, or bicycling.
- Add strength training. Try these: push-ups, pulls-ups, bicep curls, sit-ups, or carrying heavy objects
- Make time in your day! Set a time aside just for exercise most days of the week!
As Always, Trust Your Gut!