How much exercise should I get each day?

For those looking to maintain a generally healthy state, participating in 30 minutes of moderate activity such as walking, mowing, or using the stairs for 5-7 days per week is recommended. The activity should one that the individual finds enjoyable. The 30 minutes may be performed in 5 or 10 minute increments throughout the day.
Thirty minutes per day, 5 days per week. Depending on your intensity and duration, regeneration/recovery is critical to the equation. Make sure to get your rest and proper nutrition for maximum gain.
Since 1995 the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, recommendation has been that adults obtain at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on 5 or more days a week, for a total of at least 150 minutes a week. This was reiterated in the most recent physical activity guidelines set forth in 2008 by the federal government. However, the CDC /ACSM recommendation was too specific; thus, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans was slightly modified. In other words, existing scientific evidence does not allow researchers to say, for example, whether the health benefits of 30 minutes on 5 days a week are any different from the health benefits of 50 minutes on 3 days a week. As a result, the new guidelines allow a person to accumulate 150 minutes a week in various ways
You can do some form of exercise everyday; however, you need to rest for forty-eight hours between bouts of resistance training. Remember that resistance training breaks down muscle, requiring the body to repair it -- making it bigger and stronger. The body needs time to repair the muscles in order for change to occur. 

However, you can do some form of activity everyday; National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) recommends one hour of activity per day, six to seven days per week. For instance, you can take a daily two-mile walk, or perform cardio sessions on the days in between resistance-training sessions. Be aware that although you may want to dive into exercise head first, listen to your body. If you are achy, starting to feel exhausted and easily fatigued, you might be overdoing it! Cut back your daily exercise and allow your body to rest.

You should get at least 30 minutes of physical activity 7 days a week.  In order to stay young and fit do the things you did when you were a kid.  Jump, climb, run, walk, play sports, swim, and bike ride to name a few. Find something you enjoy doing and do it daily. Your goal should be to break a sweat or get out of breath daily. You do not need an expensive gym membership to improve your physical fitness. Doing physical activity with friends will help keep it fun and committed. 

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