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How much exercise do you really need?

It’s not nearly as hard as you think! Staying happy, healthy and toned — even shedding a few pounds — doesn’t always require sweating it out at a gym. Between 30 and 60 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week should do the trick. We’ll show you the fun and easy things that you already do at home that are helpful — and healthy!

Activity chart

Activity

Duration

Calories burned*

Results

Golf (with a cart)

One hour

263

Overall fitness, co-ordination, keeping limber

Cleaning the car

One hour

218

Bending, stretching and strengthening muscle groups

Mowing the lawn

One hour

323

Cardiovascular exercise, leg and glute strengthening

Gardening

 

One hour

338

Increased muscle strength, tone and agility

Alpine skiing

 

One hour

600

Increased muscle strength, tone and agility

Slow walking

 

One hour

248

Overall fitness, lower blood pressure, cardiovascular exercise

Jogging

One hour

525

Overall fitness, lower blood pressure, cardiovascular exercise

Light housework

 

One hour

188

Improved cardiovascular system, increased muscle tone

Yoga

 

One hour

188

Reduced stress, lower blood pressure, keeping toned and limber

Dance

One hour

338

Improved cardio, blood pressure and co-ordination

*Based on a 165-pound adult

How much exercise do you really need?