Active U defines physical activity as at least 10 continuous minutes of activity using large muscle groups in which your pulse rate increases to a rate higher than your resting heart rate.
For Active U, we are focusing on helping folks understand the difference between moderate and vigorous exercise:
- Moderate intensity aerobic activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate while still being able to carry on a conversation. Examples are a brisk walk, cycling at moderate speeds, mopping, or light manual yard work.
- Vigorous intensity aerobic activity causes rapid breathing and a substantial increase in heart rate. Examples include jogging, heavy manual yard work, or aerobic fitness classes like Zumba or spinning.
Here are just a few activities that can be counted toward "activity minutes" in the program:
- Aerobic Dance
- Boxing / Kickboxing / Jumping Rope
- Cardio Machines (e.g., elliptical trainer, rowing machine, stair climber)
- Cross-country Skiing/Snow Shoeing
- Cycling / Spinning
- Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding
- Ice Hockey / In Line Skating
- Ice Skating
- Jogging / Running
- Martial Arts / Judo / Karate / Tai Chi
- Other Moderate or Vigorous Activity
- Para- and Adaptive Sports
- Racquetball / Paddleball / Handball / Squash
- Rock Climbing
- Rugby / Wheelchair Rugby / Murderball
- Strength / Circuit Training, Weight Lifting
- Wheelchair activities