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Physical Activity Prevents Chronic Disease

Physical Activity Prevents Chronic Disease by CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

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:

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.

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