Exercising for Better Health: Go at Your Own Pace
To maintain overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends that the average person commit to at least…
- 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 OR at least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes
- 2 days per week of moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity
With that said, not everybody is ready to commit to this much exercise, and that’s okay – it’s better to start slowly than to hurt yourself by overdoing it! Go at your own pace by setting reasonable goals for what you think you’re able to achieve: maybe this week you’ll attempt three 15-minute walks, then slowly work your way up to 20- and 25- minute walks as the weeks go by.
Of course, don’t sell yourself too short, either! Beginning an exercise routine after remaining sedentary for a while is always going to be challenging, and it should be – your body is re-conditioning itself to a level of activity it hasn’t done for a while.
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