I walk every day. Is that enough exercise?
Although walking can be great exercise, it is also important to incorporate resistance and flexibility training into your weekly physical activity as well. Ideally you should aim to accumulate at the bare minimum 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity over the week and 2-3 days of resistance training. In addition, there are 21 dimensions of function that can decline as we get older, so it’s a good idea to undergo testing to find out the areas you should focus on for optimal physical function, health and longevity. Some of these dimensions include balance, agility, and power (among others.)
To simply begin rounding out your exercise program,however, aim to engage in some type of activity 3-5 days a week and then add in some resistance and flexibility exercises. If you are new to exercise, start small, then slowly over time increase your overall amount of activity. Pick activities you enjoy. If you are having fun, you are more likely to stick with it and start to notice your progress!