Physical Activity


Frequent exercise is good for your physical and mental health. It can help:

  • Control blood sugar
  • Control your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Help with balance

Some physical activity is better than none at all. You can increase your activity by:

  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walking around the block 10-20 minutes each day
  • Parking your car away from a building and walking to the entrance

If you have no limiting health problems, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests doing – over the course of each week - two hours and thirty minutes (150 minutes) of aerobic activity. Here are some suggestions:

  • Brisk walking
  • Dancing
  • Gardening

Quick Tips

  • Discuss with your provider what activities are good for you to do.
  • Plan your workout to help you stay motivated.
  • Use a calendar to track all your efforts.
  • Set and list some goals you have for exercising.
  • Reward yourself. Give yourself a gift after you reach a goal.