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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