Combine activity and exercise

Do you have a job that requires you to walk or stand most of the day? Do you have a job where you sit most of the day? If you answered yes to either of these questions, does your level of activity and exercise put you at risk for health problems?

Physical activity is any movement that requires your use of muscles, such as walking, standing, housework, and gardening.

Exercise is a type of activity that is done with the purpose of maintaining or improving your health.

Exercises and activities done at moderate intensity and raise your heart rate for at least 10 minutes without stopping can help lower blood pressure, improve your breathing, and improve your mood.

You know you are doing moderate intensity exercise if you feel like you are pushing yourself, but you do not get short of breath and you can talk or sing during the movement.

 Bottom line:

dumbell Just because you exercise, doesn’t mean that you can sit all day and be inactive.

dumbell Just because you are active during the day, doesn’t mean that you do not need to exercise.

activeexerc2A good start is to do at least 10 minutes of a combination of moderate intensity exercises and activities as many days as you can. Get up from your desk every two hours and move.

Do not do any activity or exercise that causes you to feel short of breath without your doctor’s consent. Talk with your doctor if you have a health condition before doing any exercise.

Try to gradually increase the amount, intensity, and time you are both active and do exercises.


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