Exercise

Basics

Wellness and Prevention

Overview

Physical exercise is vital for achieving and maintaining physical, heart and lung fitness. Health professionals agree that exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous or excessively long in duration to be beneficial. In fact, they recommend moderate and balanced exercise routines. For example, people should strive for at least 30 minutes of moderate, uninterrupted physical activity on most days of the week (daily if possible).

Health and fitness experts recommend participating in two types of exercise each week to achieve aerobic health and muscle strengthening. Muscle strengthening activities should be done twice a week and are designed to target the hips, legs, chest, back, arms, stomach and shoulders.

Individuals with health conditions or concerns should consult their health care provider before starting an exercise program.