If it gets your heart pumping -- walking briskly, taking the stairs, or doing heavy yard work -- it counts as cardio exercise. And even exercising in short bursts of as little as 10-15 minutes counts, experts say.
Aim for a total of two hours and 30 minutes of cardio a week -- that's what's recommended. Plus, try muscle-strengthening activities like push-ups, weights, or a resistance band workout at least twice a week. Sound scary? Break it up. That could be as little as 22 minutes a day of cardio.
Remember: Doing something is always better than nothing. Teach your kids the same philosophy. Make being active a part of your family’s lifestyle -- walk your kids to school or go for a walk after dinner. Kids need at least an hour of physical activity a day -- make it fun. Challenge each other to see how many sit-ups or push-ups you can do during TV commercial breaks. Or pop in an exercise DVD for the whole family to do together.