It’s not that hard to be active. The key is get 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week. Walking at a brisk pace fills the bill. So do bicycling, dancing and a host of other activities.
How do you know if an activity is moderate? It feels somewhat — but not too — hard. You:
- Are breathing quickly but not out of breath
- Develop a light sweat after about 10 minutes of activity
- Can carry on a conversation but not sing
Being moderately active can benefit your health in many ways. For example, you’ll:
- Sleep better
- Strengthen your bones
- Lower your risk of depression
Regular moderate activity will also help prevent conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. It can even reduce risk for some cancers.
Feature photo by Dawn