Physical Activity Prevents Chronic Disease

Physical Activity Prevents Chronic Disease by CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health, fitness, and quality of life.
It also helps reduce your risk of these chronic conditions and manage them better:
Physical Activity Prevents Chronic Disease by CDC's  National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health, fitness, and quality of life.
It also helps reduce your risk of these chronic conditions and manage them better:
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HEART DISEASE
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TYPE 2 DIABETES
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MANY TYPES OF CANCER
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DEMENTIA
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DEPRESSION
& ANXIETY
Everyone can benefit from physical activity—your age, ethnicity, shape, and size do not matter.
Everyone can benefit from physical activity - your age, ethnicity, shape, and size do not matter.

What Is Physical Activity?

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CARDIO OR AEROBIC ACTIVITY

Moderate or vigorous
intensity for at least
10 minutes at a time

Gets you breathing
harder and your
heart beating faster

Examples:
brisk walking, biking, dancing, yard work

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MUSCLE STRENGTHENING

Works best when you
work all your body’s
major muscle groups

Includes legs, hips,
back, chest, abs,
shoulders, arms

Examples:
free weights, crunches, elastic bands, squats


How Much

Physical Activity

Do You Need?

Tip for Adults: Try walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
adults exercising

150
minutes

ADULTS

At least 150 minutes
of moderate-intensity
aerobic activity every week,
plus muscle-strengthening
activities at least
2 days a week

KIDS

60 minutes (1 hour)
or more of physical
activity each day

1
hour

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Fitting regular physical activity into your schedule may seem hard at first, but you can reach your goals through different types and amounts of physical activity each week.

Tips to Get and Stay Active

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Talk to your doctor
if you have a chronic
condition like type
2 diabetes or
heart disease.

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Get the support
of your friends and family
—and invite them to
get active with you!

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Start slowly and add time, frequency, or intensity every week.

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Schedule physical activity for times in the day or week when you’re most energetic.

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Plan ahead. Make physical activity part of your daily or weekly schedule.

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Walk instead of drive
to nearby destinations or
park the car farther away
and fit in a walk
to your destination.

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Support improvements
in your neighborhood
that make it easier to
walk or bike to where
you want to go.

Page last reviewed: December 12, 2018