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Tips to Help You Get Active

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Regular physical activity improves health, mood, and quality of life. Being more active may help you manage your weight.

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Starting Physical Activity

Healthy adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week. You can pick an aerobic activity and a strengthening activity you enjoy, start slowly, add a little at a time, set goals, stay motivated, and overcome roadblocks.

Keep Moving

Tracking your progress can help you keep moving. Be safe—start slowly, drink plenty of liquids, and talk with your health care professional if you have a health problem or an injury. Choose activities you enjoy and try new ones. Reward yourself.

Clinical Trials

The NIDDK and other components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) support and conduct research into many diseases and conditions.

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Last Reviewed June 2017

This content is provided as a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. NIDDK translates and disseminates research findings to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals, and the public. Content produced by NIDDK is carefully reviewed by NIDDK scientists and other experts.

The NIDDK would like to thank:
Jessica L. Unick, Assistant Professor, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Psychiatry and Human Behavior, The Miriam Hospital’s Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center