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Federal Exercise Guidelines Issued

Posted: May 06 in Activity Recommendations by

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued guidelines addressing the type and amount of physical activity necessary to produce health benefits.

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends the following:

  • Adults 18-64 years old:  150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity every week, in episodes of at least 10 minutes, spread throughout the week.  Muscle strengthening exercise should be done at least two times per week.
  • Older adults should follow these same guidelines, provided they do not have a limiting condition or risk for falling.
  • Children and adolescents should engage in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, with at least 3 days devoted to vigorous intensity activity.  Muscle strengthening activities should be done at least 3 days per week for this age group. 

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