Have you ever thought, about what I can do for 60 minutes that can still be a pretty good workout?
One of the most important things we can do for our health is to stay active and move our bodies. Not only does exercise help to prevent conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, it can also boost our mood and keep our minds sharp. And yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than half of American adults get the recommended amount of physical activity each week.
If you’re not sure how to get started or what kind of workout routine is right for you, don’t worry! We’ve put together a list of 60-minute workout ideas that will get you moving in no time.
Walking is one of the simplest ways to get exercise, and it’s also low impact, making it a great option if you have any joint pain or other issues that might make other forms of cardio difficult. You can walk indoors on a treadmill or head outside for some fresh air — just make sure to dress appropriately for the weather. While any walking is good for you, try to aim for at least 30 minutes at a time at a moderate pace (think: power walking without stopping to catch your breath). If 30 minutes feels like too much all at once, break it up into smaller chunks throughout the day.
2. Jogging or Running
Running is another excellent form of cardio that can be done almost anywhere — all you need is a good pair of shoes! As with walking, aim for 30 minutes at a moderate pace if possible. If you’re just starting out, begin with shorter stints and gradually work up to longer ones as your fitness level improves. And remember: there’s no shame in starting out by alternating between periods of running and walking until you build up your endurance (this method is sometimes called run/walk interval training).