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It is recommended that adults get a total of 150 minutes of physical activity throughout their week. By finding ways to get at least 30 minutes of moderate, aerobic activity five days a week, you can make a big difference in your health.

If you aren’t typically physically active, start slow to reduce risk of a cardiac event. You can even break up your physical activity into smaller, more manageable sessions. Instead of moving for 30 minutes straight, separate your activities into three 10-minute sets.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

  • Helps control weight
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Improved mental health and mood
  • Improved ability to do daily activities
  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Stronger immune system
  • Increased chances of living longer
  • Reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers

 
It’s always a good time to resolve to eat better, be more active, and lose weight. For the more than 2 out of 3 Americans who are either overweight or obese, there’s now a free, research-based tool to help you reach your goals: the NIH Body Weight Planner.