How much should you Exercise?

June 8, 2017

Written by Kathy Anderson, PHD, PT, OCS, FAAOMPT, MBA

Did you know that 30 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days a week is recommended for all of us?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/index.htm) lists recommended levels of activity to improve and maintain health, and decrease your risk of chronic diseases linked to inactivity.  For adults, a minimum of 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise (raises your heart rate and break a sweat such as with a brisk walk) is advised.  Even an exercise period of 10 minutes effectively contributes to meeting this goal!  Strength training 2 or more days per week is also recommended. Your therapist can help you choose activities that suit your health status, age, and current joint complaints so that you are successful in achieving these activity goals and pursuing better health.

Should an injury occur, consider consulting a physical therapist first!  Following a thorough evaluation of your condition and how it is limiting your activities, you will be given exercises to improve the quality of your movement related to the painful condition, as well as receive manual techniques to decrease your pain and make it easier for you to move.  Your overall health and wellness is also our concern, and you will be encouraged to initiate, resume, and progress through a daily exercise program including moderate intensity exercise and continued strength training two day per week.

Please call us at PTOSI Physical Therapy for an appointment or to answer any questions you may have – 612-872-2700.