The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week and complete muscle strengthening activities twice per week. Adults who are age 65 and older should also complete balance exercise in addition to the aerobic and strengthening activities. Some examples of moderate intensity activities include hiking, bicycling (5-9 mph) on level terrain with a few hills, yoga, and golf, if you are wheeling or carrying your clubs. When exercising at a moderate intensity level you should be able to carry on a conversation comfortably.
Daily physical activity not only offers benefits for your physical health, but it boosts your psychological and social health too! Physical activity leads to an array of positive results, such as strengthening your bones, decreasing your blood pressure, reducing your stress and improving your sleep. It even improves your mood, concentration, memory, and ability to learn!
If pain is holding you back from being physically active or you’re not sure how to get started, Balance Within Integrative Physical Therapy is here to help. As physical therapists, we are movement experts and we love nothing more than helping our patients get active again.