QHow much physical activity is enough?
AIf you are inactive, doing anything is better then nothing! The following chart indicates how often, how long and how hard you need to be active for health benefit is:
Time needed depends on effort. Use the Physical Activity Chart as your guide.
|Very light Effort||
Moderate Effort: 30-60 minutes
|Vigorous Effort 20-30 minutes||Maximum Effort|
|- light walking
- easy gardening
|- brisk walking
- raking leaves
- water aerobics
- fast swimming
- fast dancing
Range needed to stay healthy
QI am a senior citizen. Is it too late for me to become physically active?
AMore and more older adults are proving every day that they aren't too old to exercise. In fact, the older you are, the more you need regular exercise. Studies have shown that no matter what your age, physical activity can contribute to improved health.
QI have been inactive for years. Shouldn't I see a doctor before I start becoming physically active?
APeople who are middle-aged or older who are inactive and at high risk for heart disease or who already have a medical condition should seek medical advice before they start or significantly increase their physical activity. Most apparently healthy people of any age can safely engage in moderate levels of physical activity without prior medical consultation.