Incorporating physical activity into your everyday life creates a lifestyle approach to physical activity. This approach involves summing up the individual minutes you spend for activity, which is either simple or moderate. For example, you can take your pet dog for a 10-minute walk each morning; take a 15-minute walk each day after lunch with your co-workers, and park your car or motor bike in a spot that requires a 10-minute walk to and from work place.
Those who have previously been inactive must decide and plan for yourselves how to incorporate more physical activities and work on ways to increase the enjoyment in each activity.
Recommendations on Physical Activity for Adults
- Thirty minutes of at least moderate activity on at least five days a week
- For many people, 45-60 minutes of moderate activity a day may be necessary to prevent obesity
- People who have been obese and have managed to lose weight may need to do 60-90 minutes of activity daily to maintain weight loss
- Recommended levels of activity may be obtained in one session or as bouts of activity of 10 minutes or more
- The activity can be “lifestyle” activity (such as walking, cycling, climbing stairs, hoovering, mowing lawn), structured exercise, or sport