How much physical activity do we need?
According to the Government’s physical activity guidelines, healthy adults should regularly do aerobic and strengthening activities. See the Resources section at the end of this brochure for more information on how to find these guidelines.
Aerobic activity uses your large muscle groups (chest, legs, and back) to increase your heart rate. This activity may cause you to breathe harder. You should be able to speak several words in a row while doing aerobic exercises, but you should not be able to have a long chat.
Aim for at least 150 minutes (2 1/2 hours) each week.
BENEFITS OF AEROBIC ACTIVITY:
Regular aerobic activity may help you …
• Control weight. Aerobic activity burns calories, which may help you manage your weight.
• Prevent heart disease and stroke. Regular aerobic activity can strengthen your heart muscle and lower your blood
pressure. It may also help lower “bad” cholesterol and raise “good” cholesterol.
• Maintain strong bones. Weight-bearing aerobic activities that involve lifting or pushing your own body weight, such as walking, jogging, or dancing, help to maintain strong bones.Aim for at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity each week.