How Much Physical Activity Should You Be Getting?

When trying to decide how active you need to be, what type of activity you should be doing, and how to do that activity, working out can seem overwhelming.

For most healthy adults, the CDC recommends a minimum of 150 minutes (about 2 and a half hours) of moderate-intensity physical activity weekly. This physical activity should incorporate cardio and muscle strengthening activities, generally with a greater emphasis on cardio. That being said, any activity that increases your heart rate or makes you break a sweat is good too.

How you split up this physical activity is less important. Newer research suggests that it does not matter how you break up the activity, it is still overall still beneficial if you are hitting the 150-minute mark each week.

For example, this could mean 5 days of 30-minute activities or 3 days of 50-minute activities.

Also, when it comes to physical activity, you don’t need an expensive gym membership or fancy exercise equipment. Things like walking, running, riding a bike, push-ups, and sit ups are all free ways to get good exercise.

So, get out there and get moving!