Daily exercise is important for a person no matter their age. Exercising provides many health benefits for individuals and can improve their overall mood as well. Each age range needs a different amount of exercise per week and a different level of intensity as well. Continue reading to find out how much exercise you should be getting based on your age.
Children and Adolescents
It is recommended that children between the ages of three and five be physically active throughout the day and caregivers should encourage children to be active when they play. Children and adolescents between six and seventeen years of age should get about 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous activity each day. This includes daily aerobics such as walking, running or anything else that gets their heart rate up and activities that strengthen their bones such as running or jumping. Three days a week, activities should be done that strengthen and build muscle such as climbing or doing pushups.
Adults should move their bodies more and sit less throughout the day. A little physical activity like walking is better than not doing anything, but it is suggested to get about 150 minutes a week while also doing strength training twice a week. Those who sit less and do any amount of moderate to vigorous activity gain some health benefits such as lowering the risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes, some cancers, controlling blood pressure and staying at a healthy weight.
Physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health as an older adult. By staying active, you can prevent many different health problems such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease and will grow stronger muscles, so you do not have to depend on someone taking care of you daily. It is suggested to get about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week, such as brisk walking, as well as doing activities that can help improve balance. Getting up and moving your body at least a little is better than not moving it at all.
Moving your body a little bit each day is more beneficial than not moving it at all no matter how old you are. Daily exercise is important and will bring many health benefits along with it. At Advanced Respiratory Care Network, we offer a wide range of cardiology consultation and diagnostic services to make sure your heart is in good shape. So, get up and get moving, it will help you in the long run!