Adults should obtain at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week as recommended by the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. But studies have shown that few Americans obtain that goal. We know that increased physical activity can help lower the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as other chronic diseases. Most people average only about 3,000 to 5,000 steps a day in normal activities. Increasing the number of steps you take each day, and increasing the speed at which you take them, can improve your health. And, 10,000 to 12,000 steps daily can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
Here are a few tips to help you reach your goal:
- Walk, run, play with your children or grandchildren
- Take a walk break at work
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Park your car farther away from the entrance and walk
- Putting on some music and dance
- Limit yours and your children's screen time
There are a lot of ways for each of us to be more physically activity.
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