Just how much physical activity is needed to achieve health benefits anyway?

Scientists say accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity every day to stay healthy or improve your health. Time needed depends on effort — as you progress to moderate activities, you can cut down to 30 minutes, 4 days a week.

Add up your activities during the day in periods of at least 10 minutes each. Start slowly…and build up! If you’re already doing some light activities, like walking, move up to more moderate ones, like in-line skating. A little is good, but more is better, if you want to achieve health benefits.

Physical activity doesn’t have to be very hard to improve your health. This goal can be reached by building physical activities into your daily routine, like trying to build active transportation into your day to and from work. Just add it up in periods of at least 10 minutes each throughout the day. After three months of regular physical activity, you will notice a difference — people often say getting started is the hardest part.

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