While many of us see our favorite exercises, whether swimming, playing basketball, or walking, as simply fun activities — we also gain important health benefits when physical activity adds up. Move more for a happier and healthier heart, mind and body.
How much physical activity is enough? Use the guide below as a starting point to consider where you are and what health goals you want to achieve with exercise.
Interested in exercising for the specific goal of weight loss?
Keep in mind that your nutrition and eating habits impact your weight more than exercise, but that’s not to say exercise is not an important part of the equation. Here’s what the American College of Sports Medicine recommends based on recent studies:
- 200 to 300 minutes of exercise per week is recommended for long-term weight loss.
- Increased amounts of weekly movement — in the order of 250 minutes or more per week — have been associated with “significant” weight loss.
- Overweight and obese adults will most likely lose more weight and keep it off with at least 250 to 275 minutes of exercise per week.
- Resistance training may increase lean muscle mass and reduce fat mass and is associated with reductions in health risk.
If you’re ready to move more, request a free exercise consult with one of our fitness specialists. We offer strategies, resources and support to help with a range of goals related to physical activity. Our approach puts your overall health and well-being first, so you can rest assured you’ll leave your consult with a next step you’re ready to take.