Exercise is crucial for everyone

It is important for people to stay active in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle


Graphic by Paige Hightower

The many benefits of getting enough exercise throughout the week.

Paige Hightower, Staff Reporter

Whether you choose to walk, take the stairs, or build a fitness routine, the CDC recommends that you get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise and two days of muscle-strengthening activity each week. These numbers may be daunting, but it equates to 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. 

Adding this 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine can have very beneficial impacts on your health. According to Genesis Health and Fitness, 30 minutes of exercise can help reduce many things like heart health problems and stress. It can also help you manage your weight, or achieve personal weight goals. Many positive impacts include increased energy and memory. These also lead you to be more productive, creative, and more importantly, more confident in yourself. 

Getting in these 30 minutes can be pretty simple and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. According to Heart.org, choose to walk places instead of taking other modes of transportation when possible. Similarly, start taking your pets on a walk; it will benefit both you and your pet. Lastly, instead of taking the elevator or escalator, choose to take the stairs to get from place to place. These examples are simple ways to get your body moving and work towards the 30 minutes of daily exercise. 

If these tasks are uninteresting, try signing up to play a sport. According to Sutter Health, participating in sports not only helps you stay in shape, but it also teaches you how to manage your time, boosts friendships, and builds relationships with your peers and adults. Whether you play on a team for your school or just a local team, it allows you to collaborate with people who you may not have talked to in the first place. Sports are a fun way to exercise, and not only surpass the 30 minutes of activity a day, but also have social benefits as well. 

Another way to get some exercise in your daily routine is to build your own workout. Circuit training is a simple yet effective way to get the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity. Choose 5-10 exercises to do for a chosen amount of time, and repeat them three-five times, taking breaks between each set. 

These different ways to get more physical activity throughout the day not only contribute to getting the recommended 30 minutes of exercise, but they also contribute to a healthy lifestyle. The smallest amounts of exercise can help you reach health goals whether you believe it or not.