Physical Activity

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Regular physical activity is not only fun, but one of the most important things you can do for your own physical and mental health. Daily physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. Being physically active also strengthens your bones and muscles, improves your ability to complete daily activities, prevents falls, and increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life.

How much physical activity do you need?

A healthy lifestyle is made up of many small, positive choices. The good news is that physical activity can be spread out during the week and broken down into smaller amounts of time. It is important to figure out a routine that works for you as long as you are doing physical activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes each time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put together a set of guidelines that outlines physical activity recommendations for children and adolescents, older adults, and pregnant or postpartum women.

 Age Group Time Recommended
(in minutes) 
Physical Activity 
 Children (6-17 years old)  60 minutes or more Aerobic activity
Muscle strengthening activity
Bone strengthening activity
 Adults (18-64 years old)  75-150 minutes Moderate-intensity aerobic activity
Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
Muscle strengthening activity
 Old Adults (65 years and older)  75-150 minutes Moderate-intensity aerobic activity
Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity
Muscle strengthening activity 
 Pregnant or Postpartum Women  150 minutes Moderate-intensity aerobic activity
Vigorous-intensity aerobic activity

 

A more in depth explanation of these guidelines can be accessed by visiting the CDC Physical Activity Basics Index on the CDC website.

Physical Activity Options in Carver County

There are a number of opportunities to be physical active in Carver County. Carver County has a number of natural resource based recreation areas situated among the many lakes within the county. Within these parks are swimming beaches, trails, playgrounds, campgrounds, forests, and prairies. In addition, Carver County provides opportunities for residents to participate in disc golf, archery, geocaching, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and cross country skiing.

Click on the following physical activities for more information.

Biking

Playing

Running

Swimming

Walking

The following websites provide additional information about physical activity options in Carver County.