Answers to Common Questions
Find out why physical activity is important for health and how you can incorporate more movement into your life.
Regular physical activity is important for both children and adults. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
Talk with your health care team. If you have or are at risk for heart disease, it is important to adopt heart healthy habits. This means being thoughtful about the kinds of foods you eat, how you prepare them and how many calories and how much fat you consume. Try to eat a low-fat diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and lean meats. You should also carve out time to exercise every day. See CardioSmart’s Eat Better and Move More areas for more information.
Regular physical activity is important for both children and adults. Based on the high rates of obesity, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend that most Americans reduce their food intake and increase their physical activity level. Even people who are overweight can derive health benefits from engaging in some level of activity.
According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
How much exercise do patients need after percutaneous coronary intervention PCI to reduce risk for complications?
How much exercise do patients with type 2 diabetes need to promote better health?
Studies have shown that patients with type 2 diabetes exercising for at least 150 minutes a week see the greatest health benefits, like blood sugar reduction. Patients with type 2 diabetes engaging in less than 150 minutes of exercise a week are still likely to experience blood sugar reductions and health benefits, but not as much as those exercising 150 minutes a week or more.