Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.

According to the CDC only 25% of adults in the United States report engaging in recommended physical activity. The CDC recommends getting an average of 30 minutes of moderate activity a day to maintain a healthy life style. At the NMSU Activity Center and Aquatic Center, students can engage in numerous sports and exercise classes. More into the outdoors? Check out the NMSU Outdoor Rec program’s trip schedule for camping, sailing, hiking and more!


How Much Exercise Do You Need?

Cardio or aerobic activities:

  • Achieve the aerobic activity recommendation through one of the following options (any combination of):
    • A minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per day (such as brisk walking) most days of the week, or
    • A minimum of 20 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity (such as jogging or running) two days a week

Resistance, strength-building, and weight-bearing activities.

  • Two days a week, incorporate strength training into your routine. Strength training activities, such as weight lifting maintain and increase muscle strength and endurance.


Moderate-Intensity Aerobic Activities:


Riding a stationary bike

Actively playing with children

Mowing lawn

Frisbee playing

Playing golf, walking the course

Downhill skiing with light effort

Raking leaves

Playing basketball


water aerobics



Vigorous-Intensity Aerobic Activities:

Racewalking, jogging or running

Swimming laps

Mowing lawn, hand mower

Tennis, singles

Bicycling more than 10 mph, or on steep uphill terrain

Moving or pushing furniture

Circuit training – a combination of strength, endurance and aerobic exercises


Strength Training Activities:






Weight Lifting


TRX Bands/Resistance Bands


American Heart Association’s Healthy Lifestyles

American Heart Association’s Fitness Pledge

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Physical Fitness