How many days a week do you exercise? Physical activity is very important in preventing heart disease and cerebrovascular accident.
16 Abr 2014 – 4:59 PM EDT

Physical exercise improves flexibility and joint mobility . It augments muscular tone and strength and increases bone density. 

Physical activity is very important in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It helps prevent heart disease and strokes, two of the most common causes of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. 

Furthermore, whoever exercises receives a psychological component through increased self-esteem, as well as reduced stress, tension, levels of depression, etc. 

In summary:

Physical exercise: activities that require physical exertion, done mostly during leisure time, free time, or when outside of work duties.  

Aerobic exercise: all exercises capable of stimulating cardiovascular and respiratory activity during a time of period long enough to benefit personal health. 

Heart rate: You should measure your pulse to ensure that the activity is raising your heart rate enough to have an effect, but not so high as to be detrimental. There exists an optimal heart rate range that exists between 50% and 85% of what is the recommended maximum heart rate, which varies by age. 

Lower values in this range are considered moderate physical activity, while higher values are considered vigorous physical activity. Reaching a heart rate above the maximum recommended rate can be harmful to your health. 


The American Heart Association recommends taking 10 thousand steps per day.

Performing 180 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise and 75 minutes of intensive aerobic exercise, or a combination of both.

Performing double the recommended amounts of time will be much more beneficial for your health.

Some ways you can achieve this by:

-Walking for 30 minutes 5 times per week.

-Attending two 45-minute spinning classes.

-Running or swimming for 30 minutes twice per week.