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How Much Exercise?

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Work. It. Out!

The CDC says all adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity each week, in addition to muscle strengthening exercises at least 2 days per week that work all the major muscle groups.

Unfortunately, shopping, cooking, vacuuming, and doing the laundry don’t count in this tally. They're considered light or (low) intensity.....but pushing a lawn mower – not riding, pushing -- and raking leaves do. They're definitely moderately intensive.

Chewing is also hyper-low intensity.

Moderate intensity means you get your heart rate up and you're working hard enough to break a sweat. You can talk.... but you can't sing.....if you ever could.
Examples include:
brisk walking
water aerobics
biking on level ground or with a few hills
Playing doubles tennis also qualifies as being moderately intensive.

Vigorous activity means you step it up a bit. You're breathing hard and fast...You may be able to get a few words out- but you certainly can't carry on a conversation.
One minute of vigorous activity counts for 2 minutes of moderate intensity exercise....

You're working twice as hard so Instead of walking, you jog or run.
If you're riding a bike, you're pedaling fast and on hills.
Swimming laps, singles tennis, and playing basketball are all considered vigorous.
And so is one of my favorites - dancing.....especially if you're doing the quick step!

You decide what to do -- just do enough of it. And keep challenging yourself.