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Places to Be Physically Active

Key points

  • If you're looking for fun ways to be physically active, check out these options.
  • You may find new ways to put some variety in your physical activity routine.
Two people walking on a path in the park

For more ideas

You could search the Internet using terms like "walking groups near me," "dance classes near me," or "roller skating rinks near me." You can also get information about programs from your city or county parks and recreation department.

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Free apps

AllTrails: Search by city, park, or trail name.

ParkPassport: Search for local, state, and national parks and recreation areas.

Playground Buddy: Identify more than 200,000 playgrounds in 170 countries.

TrailLink: Find trails for walking, hiking, running, skating, and biking by city, state, zip code, or trail name.


American Heart Association: See how to start or join a walking club.

GirlTrek: Find Facebook pages for Black women's walking groups in 33 states.

Park Finder: Explore national parks, recreation areas, and historic sites. Search for recreation activities at outdoor and cultural destinations.

Walk With a Doc: See free events to learn about a health topic from a health care professional, then enjoy a walk and conversation with others.

Other ideas for physical activity

DeskFit: Learn activities you can do without leaving your home or office.

Move Your Way: Watch videos in English or Spanish with ideas for being physically active.

Physical Activity for People with Disability: Find ways people with disabilities can stay active and healthy.

Take a Walk in the Mall: Walk indoors if you prefer.

Walk with Ease and many other programs: Use a self-guided online walking program for people with arthritis.

Women exercising in a park
City or county parks and recreation departments may offer physical activity classes.

Common questions

How much physical activity do I need?

Adults need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as brisk walking. The weekly total could be split different ways, such as 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, or 22 minutes, 7 days a week. Adults also need muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.

See recommendations for different groups.

Why be physically active?

Physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. The benefits of physical activity include:

  • Better sleep.
  • Reduced feelings of anxiety.
  • Help with weight management.
  • Improved brain health.
  • Reduced risk of several chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Stronger bones and muscles.
  • Improved ability to do everyday activities.

What should I wear?

Wear clothing and footwear that feel comfortable and keep you safe while being active. Learn more about finding the right shoes and activewear for you. When engaging in physical activity outside, use these sun safety tips to protect yourself from the sun and reduce your skin cancer risk.

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.