You’ve thought through your likes and dislikes and the pros and cons of various types of fitness programs. Now it’s time to get physical. Start slowly and build up intensity gradually.

For most healthy adults, the Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

  • Aerobic activity. Get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. You also can do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The guidelines suggest that you spread out this exercise during the course of a week.
  • Strength training. Do strength training exercises at least twice a week. No specific amount of time for each strength training session is included in the guidelines.

Remember, each workout puts you one step closer to reaching your fitness goals. If you get bored or lose interest in your fitness program, don’t be afraid to try something new. Reassess your fitness level and set new fitness goals. The result? A future of improved fitness and better health.