You know you need physical activity to stay healthy. But did you know it can help you feel better right away?
So get more active – and start feeling better today! Not sure how much physical activity you need? It’s recommended that adults participate in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. Additionally, adults should also engage in a muscle strengthening activity twice per week. If you’re asking yourself, “What activities count?” the answer is easy: whatever gets you moving!
Yard work, cleaning the house, walking the dog and other activities you have to do anyway all count as long as you’re moving. Activities that get the heart beating faster counts like taking your child for a walk in a stroller, tending to a garden or dancing are great moderate intensity aerobic activities. Any activity that makes your muscles work harder than usual can be considered a muscle strengthening activity.
If you’re tight on time, start with 5 minutes of each activity. It all adds up!
The Move Your Way Campaign recommends physical activity for children, seniors and even pregnant women. No matter who you are, where you live, on your own, or together, you can get more active. You can find a way that works for you! Physical activity can help you live a longer, healthier life. Over time, physical activity can
Need help taking that first step? Check out the Move Your Way Campaigns weekly activity planner for tips on how to get more active each day.
|Age||Physical Activity Reccomendations|
|Adults (18 and older)||
-150 minutes of aerobic activity per week
-Muscle strengthing activity twice per week
|Children (age 6 - 17)||
60 minutes of aerobic activity per day*
*One week of activity should include:
Any activity that gets your heart beating faster, such as:
MUSCLE STRENGTHENING ACTIVITIES
Any activity that makes your muscles work harder, such as:
BONE STRENGTHENING ACTIVITIES
Any weight-bearing activity, such as: