Arkansas Exercise Resources
Are you exercising enough to meet health recommendations? To reap health benefits, aim to accumulate 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardiovascular exercise each week. If you're exercising vigorously, 75 minutes each week hits the mark. The more you exercise, the greater the health benefits. So get up and get moving! Short bouts of at least 10 minutes add up to improve health!
Need help being active? Check out our Extension GetFit programs! Contact your county extension office to learn about classes near you.
Experts recommend several types of exercise: cardiovascular, or aerobic; strength training or resistance training; and flexibility exercises. Older adults should also incorporate balance exercises into their routine.
Cardiovascular exercise, also called endurance or aerobic exercise, increases your breathing and heart rate. This improves the health of your heart and lungs. Increased endurance keeps you healthier and improves stamina for daily activities.
Strength training, also called resistance training or weight lifting, makes you stronger by building muscle. This increased strength allows you to maintain your quality of life and independence.
Flexibility or stretching exercises keep your body flexible by stretching the muscles and tissues that hold your body structures together. Stretching is recommended to prevent injuries.
Balance exercises improve stability. Balance exercises can help prevent falls. Falling is a major cause of broken hips and other injuries that often lead to disability and loss of independence.