How Often Should You Exercise?
Go for moderate activity, like brisk walking, at least 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week. If you’re short on time, vigorous activity, like jogging, gives you the same benefit in 20 minutes, 3 to 4 days a week.
If you’re not active today, gradually work up to this amount of exercise. If it takes you a few weeks to get there, that’s absolutely fine.
First, warm up. A 5- to 10-minute warm-up helps your body get moving and helps prevent injury.
Next, step up the intensity. Don’t overdo it — you should still be able to talk to someone while you’re exercising. But if you’re able to sing, step it up a bit to make sure you’re getting the most out of your exercise.
Lastly, cool down. When you’re done exercising, don’t stop suddenly. Just slow down for a few minutes. This is especially important for someone with high blood pressure.