Exercise Goals for Healthy Living You know it's important to stay active but still find yourself falling back on old habits. What can you do? Planning for exercise isn't hard if you make it a priority. Designing an Exercise Program To improve your heart and lung fitness, aim for 30 to 60 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week. How Much Exercise Is Enough? A private advisory group's call for 60 minutes of physical activity each day are in line with the 2005 USDA Guidelines for exercise of 30 to 60 minutes. The new advice was meant to get people moving, but some experts are worried about recommending 60 minutes. Using Dumbbells for a Fast and Effective Workout Dumbbells, one of the most underrated and versatile types of exercise equipment, can help you build strength and muscular endurance. Walking Works for Everyone Walking is easy because you can do it almost anywhere and at any time. It also offers a range of health benefits. Move to the Music: Dancing as Exercise The benefits of dancing go well beyond heart health and physical fitness. Dancing, especially group dance activities, provides opportunities for people of all ages to be socially and mentally engaged, as well.