Stay Active in Winter

From the January/February Issue of the Wellness Connection

A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day is what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for a healthy lifestyle. But the activity doesn't have to be hard to give us some benefit. And we don't have to go out in the cold.

A "moderate-intensity" activity is one that burns 3.5 to 7 calories per minute. Activities, including everyday chores and recreational activities, that qualify as moderate intensity are listed below. If you do not currently engage in regular physical activity, gradually build up to the recommended 30 minutes. Here are some examples of moderate-intensity activity:

  • Shoveling light snow
  • Scrubbing the floor or bathtub while on hands and knees
  • Carrying firewood
  • Putting groceries away; walking and carrying especially large items
  • Home repair
  • Playing with or training animals
  • Playing instruments while actively moving
  • Singing while actively moving about
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Juggling
  • Yoga

Track the time you spend on chores and hobbies. Perhaps you'll find you are more active than you thought. Or be inspired to get more active.

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source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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