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Being Physically Active

Being Physically Active
Dr. Nina Radcliff

By Dr. Nina Radcliff

Often people share with me that when they think of impactful “exercise,” they think of a gym, workout machines, regular and rigorous routines, along with trainers and at least an hour dedicated several times a week.  And while there are benefits that can come from having a gym membership, you don’t need to head to a gym to be physically active. There are plenty of ways to get great exercise – to get and stay fit – that coincide with your daily lifestyle and goals. 

Dr. Nina’s What You Need to Know: About Being Physically Active 

The distinctions of physical activity, exercise and fitness provides a clearer foundation for managing them: 

The good news is that research provides significant evidence that ALL forms of physical activity positively contribute to your overall health and well-being as well as burns calories. Equally important, is the fact that the physical activity/exercise does not need to be strenuous or at a gym, to be impactful –  it can be as simple as walking, gardening or washing the car. The key is to build a habit of being physically active, every day. 

Main Types of Physical Activity: 

How Much Physical Activity?

Leading experts in the field agree that adults should engage in at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity. Intensity of physical activity depends on an individual’s previous exercise experience and their relative level of fitness. Generally speaking, 

To attain this, it may help to break it down into more manageable and do-able goals. Engaging in approximately 20 minutes/day of moderate-intensity activity or 10 minutes/day of vigorous-intensity activity can help you achieve the 20/10 goal!

Attaining the 20/10 Goal:

Being active should be an important part of your everyday routine, like eating and sleeping (not something you do for just awhile). Building the habit of being physically active throughout your day will unlock great health rewards!

Dr. Nina Radcliff is dedicated to her profession, her patients and her community, at large. She is passionate about sharing truths for healthy, balanced living as well as wise preventive health measures. 

She completed medical school and residency training at UCLA and has served on the medical faculty at The University of Pennsylvania. She is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. Author of more than 200 textbook chapters, research articles, medical opinions and reviews; she is often called upon by media to speak on medical, fitness, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle topics impacting our lives, today.

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