Skip to main content

Optimal Exercise Time for Every Age


Being active is an important part of staying healthy at any age.

Just by spending the optimal amount of time exercising each week, you'll become healthier.

Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight and drastically lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, various cancers, and an array of other dangerous and deadly conditions.

So exactly how much exercise do you need in order to reap all the rewards?

The answer to this magic question depends on your age. Keep reading to see how much you should be working out throughout life.

Children Ages 6 to 17
Children and adolescents need at least one hour (60 minutes) of physical activity every day. You may think that's an unrealistic expectation, but there's a good chance your child is already meeting this recommendation or is at least close to it. Think of recess and gym class at school, and simply running around outside after school with friends. It's a lot easier for kids to find enjoyment out of age-appropriate physical activities, and because they're not working full-time jobs, they can get plenty of exercise with ease.

The three types of activities kids should include in their hour of exercise are aerobic activity, muscle-strengthening exercises, and bone-strengthening exercises.

Aerobic activities get the heart pumping and should make up the majority of a child's hour of exercise. Examples include running, fast-paced walking, riding bikes, and swimming.

Children also need muscle- and bone-strengthening activities several days a week. Younger children enjoy exercises such as gymnastics, push-ups, climbing trees, playing on the jungle gym, or jumping rope. Older children and young teens may prefer lifting weights or playing on a sports team.

Adults Ages 18 to 64
The amount of exercise needed by a healthy adult of normal weight is broken down into two categories: moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity exercises. Each week, adults need either five hours (300 minutes) of moderate exercise each week or two and a half hours (150 minutes) of vigorous exercise each week, as well as muscle-strengthening activities at least two days of the week.

What counts as moderate-intensity exercise? To get your heart rate up and break a sweat, it usually takes more than shopping or doing the laundry. If you're able to talk but not able to sing the lyrics to a song, then you're probably exercising at a moderate level. Activities considered moderate intensity include brisk walking, water aerobics, doubles tennis, or riding a bicycle on level ground.

Vigorous exercise takes place when you're breathing fast and your heart rate is elevated. You know you're at a vigorous level if you're unable to talk without pausing for breath. Examples include swimming laps, jogging, running, playing singles tennis or basketball, or bike riding on hills or at a fast pace.

In addition to aerobic exercise, adults need to add muscle-strengthening exercises to their routine at least two days a week. These exercises should target all muscle groups (shoulders, arms, chest, abdomen, back, hips, and legs) and include activities such as weight lifting, push-ups, sit-ups, resistance bands, or Yoga.

Adults 65+
Adults over 65 years of age who are in good physical health should aim for two and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate exercise or one hour and fifteen minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous exercise.

Don't know where to start when it comes to exercise? That's where I come in.

It's my passion to make exercise a regular and enjoyable part of your life. I'd like to see you enjoy all of the healthy rewards of being fit.

Call or email me today and we will get you started on the exercise program that is right for you.

Yours In Health,



Popular posts from this blog

Slim down fast (7 options)

  Want to drop some body fat? Today I have 7 simple and effective ways for you to shed that unwanted body fat. While fat loss can be quite frustrating, these 7 strategies are proven to help you slim down fast. 1. Drink a Gallon of Water Water is always a crucial element for proper bodily functions, and even more so when fat loss is your goal. The conversion of fat into energy takes place in your liver, and this process requires that you be well hydrated. Drinking a gallon of water over the course of your day is a wonderful goal to aim for. This goal is easily met when you get into the habit of sipping water throughout the day, coupled with drinking a full glass before meals, upon waking and before bed. 2. Cut out Alcohol This fat loss tip is always met with groans, but despite its unpopularity it remains one of the most effective. The first reason that alcohol should be cut out in order to lose fat is that it’s filled with empty calories. These are simple sugars that taste great but ad

5 lifestyle Mistakes to STOP making

 Want an easier way to lose fat? Stop starving yourself, counting calories, or eliminating your favorite food groups.  Those extreme techniques only burn you out and leave you more frustrated than ever.  I bet if I sat on your shoulder and watched your daily routine, I would be able to identify at least 5 areas where you could make simple changes that effortlessly help you lose unwanted pounds.  Because the truth is that real fat loss comes with lasting, healthy lifestyle changes. You’ll get to your goals quicker when you stop making these 5 Lifestyle Mistakes:  Lifestyle Mistake #1: Lack of Sleep.  To put this simply, you need to sleep more. Most adults need an average of eight hours of sleep each night, and I know you aren’t getting that much. When you don’t get adequate amounts of rest, you’re more likely to be hungry, overeat, and gain weight.  How does this work? Something like this.  If you’re tired, you won’t feel like cooking a healthy meal, and you’ll