Fitness Basics

Eating healthy and staying active are some of the most important things you can do to prevent heart disease and improve your personal well-being. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay active as you age or shake-up your normal exercise routine, the American Heart Association is here to help you understand fitness basics and the impact physical activity - or lack thereof - can have on your health..

AHA Physical Activity Recommendations in Adults

Staying active is critical to reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke. Learn the American Heart Association recommendations on physical activity to find out if you’re getting enough.

Types of Fitness

Break up the monotony of your workout by incorporating a variety of different exercises into your fitness routine.

Food as Fuel; Before, During or After a Workout

Eating healthy when staying active is important to keep your body going and refuel your tank.

Moderate to Vigorous - What is your intensity?

Properly measuring the intensity of your workout can help make sure you are getting enough physical activity to maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle.

When is the best time of day to work out?

Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, getting the proper amount of physical activity throughout the day is important to maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Physical Activity Improves the Quality of Life

Studies have shown that physical activity can help improve your body, mind and soul. Learn how exercise impacts both your physical and mental wellness.

Physical Activity in Older Americans

Maintaining an active lifestyle in your senior years can have a positive impact on your health and wellness. Stay active as you age with these simple tips.

Seasonal Fitness

A heart-healthy lifestyle should last throughout the entire year. Stay active, in sun or snow, with the help of the American Heart Association.

Target Heart Rates

Get the most out of your workout and make sure you aren’t straining your heart when you exercise by understanding your target heart rate.

Staying Hydrated

Drinking enough water when you’re exercising is critical to your health and wellness. This guide to hydration will help you stay safe while you stay active.

Warm Up, Cool Down

Properly warming up and cooling down while exercising will help you perform and recover better. Do your heart and body a favor by following these tips to properly progress in and out of physical activity.


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