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The Single Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health Right Now

Best Life Logo By Charlie Duerr of Best Life | Slide 2 of 6: According to JoAnn Manson, MD, chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, if there were a pill that provided the health benefits you get from regular physical exercise, "people would be clamoring for it." Alas, no such pill exists. The good news is that all you have to do to enjoy the enormous health benefits of exercise—such as lowering your risk of developing a number of chronic health conditions—is engage in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. That's only 30 minutes a day, five days a week—and, the CDC says, a brisk walk counts.Whatever you do, set yourself up for success by choosing activities you enjoy. "No matter how good an activity may be for you, you probably won't sustain it if you hate doing it," Manson says. And for things you can do to be more active, check out these 21 Simple Ways to Start Moving More Every Day.

5. Exercise regularly.

According to JoAnn Manson, MD, chief of the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor at Harvard Medical School, if there were a pill that provided the health benefits you get from regular physical exercise, "people would be clamoring for it." Alas, no such pill exists. The good news is that all you have to do to enjoy the enormous health benefits of exercise—such as lowering your risk of developing a number of chronic health conditions—is engage in 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. That's only 30 minutes a day, five days a week—and, the CDC says, a brisk walk counts.

Whatever you do, set yourself up for success by choosing activities you enjoy. "No matter how good an activity may be for you, you probably won't sustain it if you hate doing it," Manson says. And for things you can do to be more active, check out these 21 Simple Ways to Start Moving More Every Day.

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