The American Heart Association Physical Activity Recommendations for Adults:
- Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.
- Add moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (such as resistance or weights) on at least 2 days per week.
- Spend less time sitting. Even light-intensity activity can offset some of the risks of being sedentary.
- Gain even more benefits by being active at least 300 minutes (5 hours) per week.
- Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.
We know that there can be many barriers to establishing and adhering to an exercise routine. Remember that there are plenty of ways to stay physically active without engaging in traditional exercise!
Strategies for Staying Active Outside of a Fitness Center
- Ride your bike to walk to class instead of driving or taking the bus
- Park far away in parking lots to get extra steps in
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Play with your pet or take them for a walk
- Gardening or Yard Work
- Hiking, Kayaking, Rock Climbing
- Play group games: kick-the-can, red rover, hide-and-seek, sardines, capture the flag, etc
- Be a tourist—in your own hometown! Walk around your neighborhood and explore places you’ve never been before
- Go Dancing
Check out Campus Recreation & Intramurals for more information on utilizing the facility, group fitness, fitness assessments and more.
Last updated: 5/29/2020