Getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per day can lower your risk for heart disease.
Haven't exercised in a long time? Start slowly, set target goals and be consistent. Before you start your exercise program, talk with your doctor to come up with a physical activity plan that matches your abilities and health limitations.
Examples of mild to moderate aerobic activities
- Take a short walk around the block.
- Rake leaves.
- Play actively with the kids.
- Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator.
- Mow the lawn.
- Take an activity break--get up and stretch or walk around.
- Park your car a little farther away from your destination.
Examples of higher intensity aerobic activities
- Brisk walkingJogging
- Aerobic dancing
- Racket sports
- Ice or roller-skating
- Cross-country or downhill skiing
- Using aerobic equipment (i.e., treadmill, stationary bike)