Physical Activity

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  • Physical activity is important for weight loss and to maintain weight.
  • Adults should get 30 minutes or more of physical activity on most days.
  • Children should get 60 minutes of physical activity almost daily.
  • The physical activities they take part in should be moderate to vigorous activities.

Physical Activity for Adults of All Ages

Physical Activity is Important for Adults, because:

  • it can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age;
  • it helps with weight loss and to maintain a healthy weight
  • it helps strengthens muscles so you can keep doing day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others;
  • not doing any physical activity can be bad for you, no matter your age or health condition.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

Each week, adults of any age should aim for at least:

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking or biking.
  • 2 days of resistance training for the major muscle groups; be sure to include legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.

or

  • 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as running or jogging.
  • 2 days of resistance training for the major muscle groups; be sure to include legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.

Work your way up from there by increasing physical activity at a pace comfortable to you. Remember, any physical activity is better than none at all. Even if you exercise for 10 minutes at a time, it all adds up for you a healthier you!

For even greater health benefits, each week, aim for:

  • 5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking.
  • 2 days of resistance training for the major muscle groups; be sure to include legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.

or

  • 2 hours and 30 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as running or jogging.
  • 2 days of resistance training for the major muscle groups; be sure to include legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.

Source: CDC.gov
 

 

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  •  Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) works with partners around the region to make it safer and easier for people to be physically active. Active transportation - or human powered travel, like walking and biking - helps people meet daily physical activity recommendations.

  • Age-related changes, disabilities, and chronic health conditions may make it difficult to go grocery shopping, especially in rural locations and for people with a low income. The Coalition for Quality Aging (CQA), which works to improve the quality of aging for older adults in Lorain County, identified this barrier and worked to find solutions. CQA partners at Oberlin Community Services (OCS) proposed to test out a food delivery service for people in southern Lorain County who can’t get to the store due to disability or age-related challenges.

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