Are You Getting Enough Exercise?
How Do You Know How Much Exercise is Enough?
Most of us don’t realize that there is a recommended minimum amount of exercise that every adult should get to stay healthy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults that are between the ages of eighteen and sixty-four should be doing two types of physical activity each week to improve their health.
For important health benefits, adults need at least:
- Two hours and thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week OR one hour and fifteen minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week
- Muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms)
With all of our busy schedules, this might seem like a lot, especially for UNH employees who might have a family to take care of also. But by breaking up the time throughout the week, it won’t seem like so much. Physical activity can even be broken down into ten-minute chunks!
You can also squeeze physical activity into your daily routines. For moderate-intensity aerobic activity, you could walk to pick your children up from school rather than drive. For vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, you could jog with your dogs rather than leisurely walking. Heavy gardening, such as digging and shoveling, even counts as muscle strengthening activities.
UNH also offers the Employee Fitness Program to all UNH employees. The exercise facility is located in the Field House, and includes fitness testing, personal training, body composition testing, exercise prescription, and much more. If the thought of going to the gym intimidates you, this exercise is also available to faculty and staff without enrolling in the UNH Employee Fitness Program.
Whether it’s a ten-minute workout o r the full two hours and thirty minutes, every bit of physical activity counts!