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What Is A Lightly Active Lifestyle?

by Victoria RoblesDecember 8, 2021,
What Is A Lightly Active Lifestyle?

You must know about the benefits of light-intensity activities. They can help reduce your risk of chronic disease and improve your overall health. Light intensity activities require standing up and moving around, either in the home, workplace, or community. Some examples include Housework like hanging out the washing, ironing, and dusting, and working at a standing workstation.

By making small changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking further away from your destination, you will see positive results over time that add up and improve your health overall. It doesn’t matter if you are young or old; everyone can benefit from increasing their activity levels throughout each day.

It’s a fact that having a lightly active lifestyle can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers, as well as helping to maintain or improve mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that more physically active people have better physical health than those who don’t get any exercise at all.

So to start with a lightly healthy lifestyle, you can try the following things.

Move Your Body

The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise or 75 minutes of high-intensity training weekly for it to be effective. If you're not active now, start with one session each day and gradually increase as your body allows.

Activity Level by Steps

Many people who gain and lose weight constantly use walking as an easy, inexpensive form of exercise. In this case, it's easy to track your activity level by step count with a pedometer or phone app while you go about your day. Each night before bed, the app records how many steps were taken throughout 24 hours so that over time charts can be made showing daily levels for comparison against goal outcomes.

Check Your Heart Rate

Monitoring your heart rate is an easy way to determine how hard you're working out. The American College of Cardiology provides a helpful activity level chart that will assist with this determination and provide insight into what type or intensity exercise session might be right for someone, depending on their current fitness level (220 - age). 

If you take this number and multiply it by 0.6, you will determine your pulse rate (per minute) when working out at a moderate pace. Multiplying the same number by 0.7 will show you the heart rate at which you are considered to be vigorously working out. Anything lower than the moderate pulse rate puts you into the sedentary category.

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