Active Living

Active living is a lifestyle that includes physical activity on a regular basis. When people are active every day, they find it easier to manage their weight and prevent chronic diseases, and have higher self-esteem.

Why is physical activity important?

Being physically active can help you prevent many unhealthy conditions and illnesses, including:

Being active can make you look and feel better now and keep you healthy for the future. Physical activity can help you:

  • Control weight
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Strengthen bones, muscles and joints
  • Potentially lower high blood pressure and cholesterol

How physically active do I need to be?

Anyone can have a healthy lifestyle with any one of the activity options below:

  • Two and a half hours per week of moderate-intensity physical activity
  • One hour and fifteen minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity
  • A combination of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity

How do I know the intensity of my activity?


  • Walking briskly (fast but slower than race-walking)
  • Water aerobics
  • Bicycling slower than 1-10 miles per hour
  • Tennis (doubles)
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Gardening


  • Race walking, jogging or running
  • Swimming laps
  • Tennis (singles)
  • Salsa, Zumba and hip-hop dancing 
  • Biking 10 miles per hour or faster
  • Jumping rope
  • Heavy gardening (digging and hoeing)
  • Hiking uphill

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This program was funded by USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP.

Last modified on 10/24/2018