Physical Activity

Regular exercise makes you strong and flexible. It also reduces stress, boosts energy and helps you control your weight. Exercise can even help you sleep better!

With benefits like these, it’s no wonder the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week and strength training two or more days per week.

Get started doing what you enjoy

So what do you enjoy doing? Pick your Healthy Direction, and get moving:

  • Walking is a great physical activity for many people. With just a good pair of walking shoes and comfortable clothes, you can exercise anywhere and get a great aerobic workout. Other aerobic activities you may enjoy are swimming, cycling or jogging. You could also try fitness DVDs that you can follow at home.
  • Lifestyle physical activity also counts. Do you like to garden? Dance around the house when no one’s home? Do you skip the elevator and take the stairs? Walk to the store instead of driving there? Activities like these add up and can be as effective as a workout at the gym. So dig, dance and climb to your heart’s content.
  • Strength exercises such as lifting weights, doing push-ups, sit-ups or any other type of strength training are another form of physical activity. Strong muscles protect your joints, reshape your body, and actually burn calories, even when you’re standing still.
  • Stretching keeps you toned and limber, prevents injuries, and helps you move freely. Simple stretches or yoga practices protect you from muscle tears and aches and help you move more comfortably throughout your day.

Just for Members

Get and stay fit with the following Healthy Directions programs, designed exclusively for Health New England members. Program materials and resources for individual participants and employers are available upon request for each of the activities below.

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Flexibility Challenge 

Flexibility and stretching have many benefits to all physical ability levels. Incorporate stretching into any fitness routine with this 4-week program. Simple and effective stretches can be done anywhere and help reduce pain and the risk of injury.

We’re adding new programs all the time, so be sure to check back often.

If you have any questions or would like reference materials related to the activities above, please contact the Health Management Program Department at

All information contained on this website, including the preventive health recommendations, is for general information purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. For specific information or advice relating to your medical needs, please consult your primary care provider.