Physical Activity Basics and Your Health

Key points

  • Physical activity can make you feel better, function better, and sleep better.
  • The amount of physical activity you need depends mostly on your age.
  • There are many ways to add physical activity to your life.
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Physical activity has many immediate and long-term benefits.

Read about benefits of physical activity and see specific benefits for:

Recommendations and Tips

See how much physical activity is recommended for specific groups. Also see what counts for different ages and tips for adding physical activity to your life.

More information

Active People, Healthy Nation. Creating an Active America, Together.

Want additional tips and resources to be active?
Learn about Active People, Healthy NationSM, CDC’s national initiative to help people be more physically active.