How often do you sit on the couch after a long day at the office, and say to yourself, “I should be walking instead of sitting on the couch." Then you say to yourself, “But I am too tired to get up." So you exercise your fingers by flipping channels with the remote, your arm by inserting your hand into a bag of chips or your legs by walking to the fridge or bathroom. Actually, that is not enough exercise to burn off one chip from that bag of chips. So what can you do to motivate yourself to walk in the afternoon instead of sitting around snacking? Here are three activity guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website that may help motivate you:
Adults need two hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups.
One hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activities every week and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups.
An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups.
Give this a try: try going for a 10-minute walk around the corner and add a few more minutes each day until you are walking at least 30 minutes a day for at least five of the seven days a week.
References used: How much physical activity do you need? from www.cdc.gov
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