Want to jump into a new exercise routine, but feeling confused over how much physical activity you really need to fit in each day? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has your back! They’ve got scientific, evidence-based recommendations so you can get into a fitness groove without over (or under) doing it! Here are their exercise guidelines for adults (1):
These guidelines are the minimal requirements for the general population and are a great starting point when you’re feeling fitness dazed and confused. Remember, you can spread out your aerobic activity throughout the week as long so long as your total minutes add up to be close to the CDC’s recommendations.
If 150 minutes of cardio per week seems daunting, don’t sweat; just start small. Think you can get in 30 minutes this week? Great– slowly build on your progress every week! You don’t need to reach these guidelines right away – simply begin where you feel comfortable and work your way to these recommendations and beyond! If you’re having a hard time getting started, check out 5 Roadblocks to Healthy Living.
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