Physical Activity: 30 Minutes a Day

Written by Dana L. Davis, MPT, MTT

In-line skating, bicycling, swimming, walking, or playing soccer—whatever the activity—you can benefit from at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

But you don’t have to train for a triathlon to be physically fit. Just by turning off the TV or computer and going for a 30-minute brisk walk around the neighborhood or playing 20-minute of basketball game regularly is incredibly beneficial to your health. The more active you are, the more beneficial it is to your health.

Regular exercise can help prevent diseases and injuries, including osteoporosis. A daily routine of moderate physical activity strengthens and maintains your body by helping to:

But how do you fit 30 minutes of daily exercise into your already very busy schedule? Here are a few suggestions.

If regular physical activity is a struggle for you or you have a physical condition, ask your doctor to recommend the appropriate amount of physical activity for you. Otherwise, if you're a healthy person, aim for 30 minutes of physical activity a day to keep you healthy and strong throughout your life.

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