What does it mean to be physically active? Why does it matter?
activity is any form of exercise or movement that uses energy and
increases heart rate. Children and adolescents should get 60 minutes or
more of physical activity each day while adults should get 150 minutes
or more of physical activity each week. Whether you engage in light
activity like a stroll in the park or a more vigorous activity like
running, regular physical activity will make you strong, increase your
energy and flexibility and turn you into a physically active person.
What can I do to be physically active?
activity is done as part of playing, working, active transportation,
house chores and recreational activities. Start out slowly and pick an
activity you like and one that fits your lifestyle. After several weeks
or months, build up your activities – do them longer and more often.
Being active with friends and family provides a support network that can
help you keep up your physical activity.
What should I discuss with my doctor?
activity level is an important topic to discuss with your doctor as
part of your ongoing preventive health care. Talk with your doctor about
your current physical activity level, whether there are specific
exercises or activities you should avoid, any unexplained symptoms, such
as chest pain, pain in your joints, dizziness, or shortness of breath
or how certain ongoing health conditions affect exercise and physical
WalkWorks is an initiative to increase opportunities for physical
activity by planning, implementing and marketing community-based walking
routes utilizing the built environment; promoting and establishing
walking groups for social support and promoting policies designed to
increase opportunities for physical activity.