Physical activity may
include structured activities, such as walking, jogging, strength training, or
sports. It may also include daily activities such as household chores, yard
work, or walking the dog. Pick a combination of structured and daily activities
that fits your schedule.
If you have been
inactive for a while, start slowly and work up to at least 30 minutes per day at
a pace that is comfortable for you. If you are unable to be active for 30
minutes at one time, accumulate activity over the course of the day in 10- to
15-minute sessions. For example, whether you take three 10-minute walks or walk
for 30 minutes all at once, you will achieve the same health benefits.
If you want to lose
weight, you may need to do more than 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
Remember that you can be active in several shorter sessions, and that your daily
activities count towards calories used