Physical Activity Recommendations for Different Age Groups

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Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Moving more and sitting less have tremendous benefits for everyone, regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, or current fitness level. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americansexternal icon provides science-based guidance to help people ages 3 years and older improve their health through participation in regular physical activity.

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Preschool-Aged Children (3-5 years)
Preschool-Aged Children (3-5 years)

Physical Activity every day throughout the day

Active play through a variety of enjoyable physical activities

Children and Adolescents (6-17 years)
Children and Adolescents (6-17 years)

60 mins (1 hour) or more of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily

A variety of enjoyable physical activities

As part of the 60 minutes, on at least 3 days a week, children and adolescents need:

  • Vigorous Activity such as running or soccer
  • Activity that strengthens muscles such as climbing or push ups
  • Activity that strengthens bones such as gymnastics or jumping rope
Adults (18-64 years)*
Adults (18-64 years)

At least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking

At least 2 days a week of activities that strengthen muscles

 

*Aim for the recommended activity level but be as active as one is able

Older Adults (65 years and older)*
Older Adults (65 years and older)

At least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking

At least 2 days a week of activities that strengthen muscles

Activities to improve balance such as standing on one foot

 

*Aim for the recommended activity level but be as active as one is able

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