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Current Physical Activity Recommendations from the Federal Government – Lets Be Whole
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Current Physical Activity Recommendations from the Federal Government

Current Physical Activity Recommendations from the Federal Government

The federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services recently issued the following science-based recommendations for Americans released in November 2018. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans discusses the proven benefits of exercise and outlines the amounts and types of activity recommended for different ages and populations. Physical activity is key to improving the health of the Nation. Here are the recommendations:

  • Preschool-age (3 through 5 years): physically active throughout the day with the goal of three hours of activity daily
  • Children and teens (6 through 17 years): at least 60 minutes daily of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity; include vigorous activity, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activity three times a week
  • Adults: at least 150 to 300 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 to 150 minutes weekly of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalent combination of both, plus muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days a week
  • Older adults: multicomponent physical activities that mix balance activities, aerobic activities, and strength training can help prevent falls and injuries; reduce overall sitting and replace it with light (or when possible, moderate) activity
  • Pregnant and postpartum women: at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
  • Adults with chronic conditions or disabilities: follow adult guidelines as able, including both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities

Unfortunately, just 26% of men, 19% of women and 20% of adolescents are meeting the recommended standards, officials said, costing the US health care system $117 billion each year and leading to about 10% of premature deaths.

Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, the Dept. of Health and Human Services created the Move Your Way promotional campaign that emphasizes personalized, practical strategies that people can use to fit more activity into their busy lives. Their goal is to help people live healthier lives through increased physical activity. You can visit the website here:

https://health.gov/moveyourway/

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