Updated: Nov 7
If you’ve recently started an exercise routine, you may be wondering why you should bother to be active. Some of the health benefits of exercise aren’t that apparent right away, but they will have an impact on your life over time. Here are a few reasons why it’s so important to keep active and not just sit around watching TV all day...
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. It improves your overall fitness level, boosts your energy levels, and reduces stress. But how much exercise should you do to lose weight? The answer depends on your age, gender, height, and other factors.
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On average we walk less than 1 mile per day
Activity has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. It also improves mood and aids in weight management.
Activity can also help boost your immune system. The key to staying active is finding a way that you enjoy doing on a regular basis.
Luckily there are many ways to stay active including: walking with a friend or family member, jogging in place while watching TV, swimming laps in the pool or ocean (just remember to wear sunscreen!), lifting weights at home or at the gym, using an elliptical machine at home or at the gym, going for walks around the neighborhood where you live (again make sure to wear sunscreen), playing outdoor games like basketball or soccer with friends or family members.
Adding just a little bit of activity throughout your day can help keep you moving and get you closer to your fitness goals. Try to aim for 10,000 steps per day which breaks down to approximately 5 miles per day (given an average stride length of 2 feet).
We also encourage readers to try at least 30 minutes of vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week. If you’re interested in learning more about healthy and safe ways to stay active please read our 5 Tips for Staying Active post by clicking here.
For tips on keeping physically fit while traveling, check out our recent How To Keep Fit While Traveling post found here.