Exercise is Medicine

Physical Activity Guidelines

How much physical activity do I need?

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.

Fitting regular exercise into your daily schedule may seem hard at first, but the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are more flexible than ever. The newest guidelines give you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It's easier than you think!

Learn more about how much physical activity you need.

Find exercise resources in your community.

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Guidelines for Physical Activity

Child Stick Person
Adult Stick Person
Older Adult Stick Person
Pregnant Stick Person
Children 6 to 17

Adults 18 to 64

Older Adults 65 or older
Pregnant or Postpartum Women

Basics of Physical Activity Video Series - These videos help explain the guidelines, give you tips on how to meet them and show you how to do muscle strengthening exercises properly.