Stay Active and Stay Healthy

Staying active helps you stay healthy.Exercise Running on the Beach
To stay healthy, you should:
  • Talk to your doctor before you start new exercises
  • Try to exercise every day
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes every time you exercise

Talk to your doctor before starting new exercises.

Your doctor will check your:

  • General health
  • Medications
  • The way you move

Talk to your doctor about:

  • Which exercises are best for you
  • How to stay safe while exercising
Pick an activity or exercise you enjoy.
Some examples of exercise are:
  • Riding a bike
  • Dancing to music
  • Going for a walk or taking a hike
  • Arm cycling
  • Yoga or Tai Chi
  • Try different kinds of exercises to decide what you like best.

People who have trouble moving their body can also exercise.

  • If you use a wheelchair, you can lift weights, stretch, or swim.
  • Learn more about exercising in a wheelchair:
    • Ask your doctor or people at the gym about which exercises are right for you.

You can exercise while you do other things.

While you watch TV, you can:

  • Stretch during commercials
  • Go to the TV to change the channel
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Cleaning house is also a great way to exercise

Start off slowly.

  • Start by walking or slowly doing a physical activity.
  • Try going a little farther and longer each day.
  • Exercise with someone else.
  • It’s easier to exercise with a friend.

For more information on how to live a healthy life: