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Intensity Minutes

Intensity Minutes

Regular physical activity is essential for maintaining your health and fitness. The good news is it doesn’t take much to become and stay active at a level that translates into better health and personal well-being. To stay the course, you need to set basic goals for yourself that you can achieve.

Most health organizations recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week. Likewise, similar health benefits can be achieved by getting at least 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity1. There are even greater health benefits to be gained by exceeding these suggested amounts. Remember to always consult your physician or other qualified health care professional if you have concerns or questions about your health and ability to perform physical activity.

Ideally, you should avoid cramming all your weekly physical activity into a single session. Breaking it up into smaller chunks (e.g., working out on 5 different days) is considered a good idea and could help you develop stronger, more consistent habits.

Your Garmin watch automatically tracks those moderate and vigorous activity minutes throughout the week and presents them as intensity minutes2. Vigorous intensity minutes are counted twice (x2) to reflect the larger benefit they have on your body compared to moderate intensity. Garmin watches set the default target for weekly intensity minutes at 150, but you can adjust this goal based on your own personal needs.

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1US Department of Health and Human Services, “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition,” Washington, DC, 2018.