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Physical Activity for Adults, Part I

Jun 14, 2024

Adults need physical activity to stay healthy; however, it can be hard to find the time if you have a busy routine. Joining us is a physical therapist from United Hospital Center’s United Rehab to help answer your questions concerning physical activity for adults.

I am Dr. Kristen Sepp, physical therapist at United Rehab, and I am here to discuss the importance of physical activity for adults.

1). Can physical activity help adults to feel better right away?

Yes, physical activity can boost your mood, sharpen your focus, reduce stress, and improve sleep. You can start feeling better today by just becoming active!

2). How much physical activity does an adult need?

  • You should aim for 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. Any activity that gets your heart beating faster counts.
  • At least two days a week you should get muscle-strengthening activity. Do activities that make your muscles work harder than usual. If you feel like you don’t have time- then start with just 5 minutes. It all adds up.

3). So, what counts?

It’s as simple as whatever gets you moving counts towards your physical activity minutes for that day. Things that you already do daily like walking the dog or folding laundry count. Over time, physical activity can help you live a longer, healthier life. It can lower your risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It can also help control your blood pressure, as well as stay a healthy weight. So, take the first step, get a little more active each day.

This content was originally posted on the WDTV News website here.

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