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What Exercise is Right For You?

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We are all different shapes and different sizes and lead different lifestyles... so why would one type of exercise be right for everyone? The American Heart Association has put together an article to help figure out what physical activity is right for you! 

Exercise is essential to living heart-healthy. Why? “Our bodies were designed to be physically active, and they don’t do well with long-term exposure to sedentary living. Lack of physical activity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease,” says Russell Pate, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Exercise at the University of South Carolina.

In fact, according to the American Heart Association’s 2013 exercise standards, “Exercise can be viewed as a preventative medical treatment, ‘like a pill’ that should be taken on an almost daily basis.”

Physical activity recommendations

How much exercise do you need? The AHA recommends the following amounts of physical activity to maintain cardiovascular health:

For Overall Cardiovascular Health

  • At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days per week for a total of 150 minutes.


  • At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or a combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.


  • Moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for additional health benefits.

For Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

  • An average 40 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity 3 or 4 times per week.

Physical activity and calories

There are numerous ways you can exercise every day. Help determine what exercise is right for you using the following information on calories burned by type of workout.


See the rest of AHA's tips here!

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