Exercise for Adults

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Physical activity is important for both children and adults. How much exercise do you need? Dr. Edward Hill discusses exercise recommendations for adults in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Adults who are physically active are healthier and less likely to develop many chronic diseases than adults who are inactive. They also have better fitness, including a healthier body size and composition.

All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits.

Adults gain most of these health benefits when they do the equivalent of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic physical activity each week.

Running, brisk walking, bicycling, playing basketball, dancing and swimming are all examples of aerobic activities. Aerobic activity makes a persons heart beat more rapidly to meet the demands of the bodys movement. Over time, regular aerobic activity makes the heart and cardiovascular system stronger and fitter.

Adults gain additional and more extensive health and fitness benefits with even more physical activity. Muscle-strengthening activities also provide health benefits and are an important part of an adults overall physical activity plan.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.