Being active helps keep your heart and body healthy, and gives you energy! It’s important for children and adults to spend time each day being physically active. According to the latest guidelines:1
- Children and teens: Participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. On at least three days per week, include muscle-strengthening activities, such as pushups or situps, as part of the 60 minutes.
- Adults: Aim for at least 30 minutes each day for a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. Include muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week.
Moderate-intensity activities include walking briskly, dancing, raking leaves, gardening and jumping rope — or any activity that involves moving the large muscles in your arms and legs. If you have less time, choose a more vigorous activity, such as running, bike riding or swimming. There are plenty of ways to fit in physical activity, and it's even better when you do it together, as a family.
Check out these resources and tips:
Family Activity Tips
Discover some simple ways to participate in physical activity with your family.
Please check with your health-care provider before beginning a new physical activity program.
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2008. http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/. Last Updated: Nov 4. 2009 (Accessed: Sept 9. 2010).