Physical Activity Basics
The evidence is clear—physical activity fosters normal growth and development, can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases, and can make people feel better, function better, and sleep better. Some health benefits start immediately after activity, and even short bouts of physical activity are beneficial. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd editionexternal icon outlines the amounts and types of physical activity needed to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. It also highlights individual and community-level strategies that can make being physically active easier in the places where people live, learn, work, and play.
People With Chronic Health Conditions & Disabilitiespdf iconexternal icon [PDF-15.2MB]
(Chapter 2, pg. 43)
Benefits & Key Guidelinespdf iconexternal icon [PDF-15.2MB]
(Chapter 6, pg. 81)
What’s New in the Guidelines?
- Guidance for preschool-aged children (ages 3 to 5 years).
- Evidence for even more health benefits of physical activity.
- Discussion of sedentary behavior.
- Tested strategies for physical activity promotion.
- Removal of bout length requirement–every little bit counts!
Additionally, the Move Your Way campaign resourcesexternal icon are designed to help further explain the Guidelines. These include interactive tools, fact sheets, videos, and graphics that are available for communities, health professionals, and others to promote the health benefits of meeting the new recommendations along with tips for how to help people become more active.