SATURDAY, April 10, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Want to get rid of all that weight you put on during the pandemic?
To help out, the American Heart Association (AHA) is launching an initiative called Move More.
One in four U.S. adults is sitting for longer than eight hours each day, which can harm one's mental and physical health, according to the AHA.
"For too many of us, our daily routines have become more sedentary over the past year due to the pandemic, making it even more important to find ways to increase physical activity in our day," said Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, the AHA's chief medical officer for prevention.
"Any movement is better than no movement, and more is better. Even small breaks of activity throughout the day will benefit health and reduce stress," Sanchez said in an AHA news release.
The association outlines ways to get more active:
The AHA recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking or gardening, or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity such as running or aerobic dancing, or a combination of both intensity-level activities.
It also recommends two days of moderate-to high-intensity muscle strengthening activity weekly, such as resistance training.
The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to physical activity.
SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, April 1, 2021