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To become healthy and stay healthy, it is recommended that you do moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity exercise. You can tell that you are exercising at a moderate intensity if your heart starts beating faster and you start breathing faster but can still hold a conversation. You can tell that you are exercising at a vigorous intensity if you are breathing much harder and faster and cannot hold a conversation while exercising.
Choose an activity that you enjoy, and set realistic goals. Your health care provider can help you make an activity plan that is individually designed and works best for you.
Children, pregnant women, people who have not exercised regularly, people who are overweight, and older adults may need to talk with a health care provider about what activities are safe to perform. If you have a medical condition, be sure to talk with your health care provider before you start a new exercise program.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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