Moderate Intensity Activity

Moderate Intensity Activity

Moderate-intensity activities include some of the things you may already
be doing during a day or week, such as gardening and housework. These
activities can be done in short spurts–10 minutes here, 8 minutes

Alone, each action does not have a great effect on your health,
but regularly accumulating 30 minutes of activity over the course of the
day can result in substantial health benefits.

To become more active throughout your day, take advantage of any chance
to get up and move around. Here are some examples:

  • Take a short walk around the block
  • Rake leaves
  • Play actively with the kids
  • Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator
  • Mow the lawn
  • Take an activity break–get up and stretch or walk around
  • Park your car a little farther away from your destination and walk the
    extra distance

The point is not to make physical activity an unwelcome chore, but to
make the most of the opportunities you have to be active.

The Weight-control Information Network (WIN) is a service of the
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
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information on weight control, obesity, and nutritional disorders. WIN
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individuals to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

last updated: 10 February 2022

last update: February 2009

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