In times of pandemic, where gyms and parks were closed for a long time, and where perhaps even open you don’t feel safe visiting them for exercise, it’s important to find other ways to stay active.
To help you find safe and fun ways to stay active, the US Department of Health and Human Services launched the “Move Your Way” campaign with helpful tips that have great health benefits.
According to the campaign, physical activity can make daily life better and is something you can start doing right now. Among the benefits is: improves mood, improves concentration capacity, reduces stress and you sleep better.
According to the “Move Your Way” campaign, all adults need a combination of physical activity to stay healthy that consists of 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activities (anything that makes the heart beat faster than it should ) and two days a week of activities to strengthen muscles.
If you’re short on time, start with just 5 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a day. Everything is adding up.
To find out if your activity is moderate or intense, find out with the “speech test”. When you are doing the activity try to speak:
- If you breathe faster but can converse easily, it is a moderate activity
- If you can only say a few words before taking a breath, it is an intense activity
Anything that makes you move counts as physical activity: sweeping, mapping, raking, pruning, carrying things, walking the dog, and even non-exercise-like activities like; plant, play, dance and push a baby carriage. You can become more active, alone or with someone, no matter who you are or where you live.
Over time, physical activity can help you lead a longer and healthier life: it reduces your risk of diseases like diabetes and certain cancers, controls your blood pressure, and maintains a healthy weight.
To help you make a weekly activity plan visit the following link https://health.gov/espanol/moveyourway/activity-planner