It's Free to Get Active

July 13, 2015

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What Physical Activity Can Do For You!

According to the American Heart Association, “Adults need 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. For People who benefit from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, we recommend 40 minutes of aerobic training 3 to 4 times a week to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.”

UNH staff members, it may seem overwhelming to begin exercising when you have no prior experience or have been sedentary for a long time, but it’s time to get off the couch! You do not a gym membership to get physically active. For example, Youtube offers hundreds of free workouts that you can do in the privacy of your own home. Also, your local library will have some fitness DVDs that you could borrow.

The secret is doing something you love, and setting realistic goals. 

If you hate running, but love dancing in your living room, then go for it! Start walking or biking around our beautiful UNH campus. Each week, gradually increase your workout routine. Incorporating aerobic training, strength training, and balance exercises will improve your overall health.

What Physical Activity Can Do For You:

  • Exercise Controls Weight
  • Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
  • Exercise Improves Mood
  • Exercise Boosts Energy
  • Exercise promotes better sleep

My Physical Activity Tips For You:

  • Pick a set time to exercise (Make it a habit)
  • Find a workout buddy
  • Do not forget to stretch before you workout! Also, do not skip the cool down post workout
  • Stay hydrated
  • Results take some time, so be patient!
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