21 examples of moderate physical activities

HealthTexas provides tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle

SAN ANTONIOIf you find yourself dreading exercising you're not alone.

Sometimes it's hard to find time in the day to even think about exercising... we've all been there.

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Studies have shown from The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association, and The American College of Sports Medicine that people need at least 150 minutes (2 and ½ hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.

To put that study into perspective, that’s as little as walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Benefits of physical activity and exercise

  • Reductions in cardiovascular disease
  • Reduction in diabetes, mortality and even cancer.

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Need moderate exercise ideas? 

Below are 21 ways you can exercise in everyday activities. 

21 examples of moderate physical activities

  • Washing and waxing a car for 45-60 minutes
  • Washing windows or floors for 45-60 minutes
  • Playing volleyball for 45 minutes
  • Playing touch football for 30-45 minutes
  •  Gardening for 30-45 minutes
  • Wheeling self in a wheelchair for 30-40 minutes
  • Walking 1 3/4 miles in 35 minutes (20 min/mile)
  • Basketball (shooting baskets) for 30 minutes
  • Bicycling 5 miles in 30 minutes
  • Dancing fast (social) for 30 minutes
  • Pushing a stroller 1.5 miles in 30 minutes
  • Raking leaves for 30 minutes
  • Walking 2 miles in 30 minutes (15 min/mile)
  • Water aerobics for 30 minutes
  • Swimming laps for 20 minutes
  • Wheelchair basketball for 20 minutes
  • Basketball (playing a game) for 15-20 minutes
  • Bicycling 4 miles in 15 minutes
  • Jumping rope for 15 minutes
  • Running 1.5 miles in 15 min (10 min/mile)
  • Stair walking for 15 minutes
  • For more healthy tips, visit healthtexas.org.

    Information courtesy of HealthTexas.

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    Kiersten has been a Digital Content Creator with KSAT12 since 2017. She graduated from Texas State University with an electronic media degree and previously worked for the Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

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