Physical Activity Resources for Arkansans
If you're aiming to be more active, you're on the right track to improve your health. Regular physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Need help to put your plan into practice?
Use these tips to move from thinking about increasing activity to taking a walk, starting a strength training routine, or finding your own way to work out.
- Choose activities you enjoy.
- Choose activities that fit into your daily life.
- Exercise with a friend.
- Sign up for a class and try a new activity, like yoga, Pilates, water aerobics, or dancing.
- Keep an exercise log.
- Plan physical activity into your day.
- Reward yourself.
Are you getting enough physical activity to meet health recommendations?
To reap health benefits, adults should aim to accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular physical activity each week. If you're exercising vigorously, 75 minutes each week hits the mark. It's also recommended to do muscle-strengthening activities two days per week. The more active you are, the greater the health benefits. So get up and get moving! Every little bit counts.
Physical Activity Recommendations as We Age
The benefits of regular exercise for people of all ages have been well established in the literature. Regular physical activity is associated with decreased risk of death and/or disability from pathologies such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and pulmonary disease. It is also associated with positive psychological benefits such as decreased depression and improved quality of life.
Moderate Intensity Aerobic Activity
Endurance or aerobic exercise increases your breathing and heart rate, which improves the health of your heart, lungs and circulatory system. Increased endurance keeps you healthier and improves stamina for daily activities.
Muscle Strengthening Activity
Strength training, also called resistance training or weight lifting, makes you stronger by building muscle. This increased strength allows you to maintain your quality of life and independence.