April is Move More Month, and while many people's exercise routines have been disrupted due to COVID-19, there are still ways to remain active!
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Did you k now that almost half of U.S. adults are not active enough to maintain good health? And, about one in three adults participate in NO leisure time physical activity at all.
Before the end of the month, visit https://newsroom.heart.org/events/april-move-more-month for more facts, exercise tips, videos, and ideas to get moving!
How much physical activity do you need?
Here are the American Heart Association recommendations for adults.
Fit in 150+
- Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity (or a combination of both), preferably spread throughout the week.
Move More, Sit Less
- Get up and move throughout the day. Any activity is better than none. Even light-intensity activity can offset the serious health risks of being sedentary.
- Moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise is best. Your heart will beat faster, and you’ll breathe harder than normal. As you get used to being more active, increase your time and/or intensity to get more beneﬁts.
- Include moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (like resistance or weight training) at least twice a week.
- Physical activity is one of the best ways to keep your body and brain healthy.
- It relieves stress, improves mood, gives you energy, helps with sleep and can lower your risk of chronic disease, including dementia and depression.