Tag: physical activity guidelines for americans

8. Special Health Concerns

Live Better
Although some people use exercise to help reduce risk of disease, it also can be an important way to help you manage a chronic disease, including preserving your independence and ability to do other activities you enjoy. Although starting a new physical activity regimen may be intimidating at first,

7. Getting Active

Taking the First Steps
If you’re ready to get more active, start by thinking about what sounds like fun. Remember when you were a kid and it was fun to play hopscotch, jump rope, or ride your bicycle with your neighborhood friends? Most likely you didn’t think about the fact that

2. Essential Exercise

What’s Your Exercise Story?
Individuals come to exercise programs with different histories of physical activity. Maybe you played a team sport in high school and intramural athletics in college, but gradually became less active with the demands of work and family. Perhaps you’ve always preferred solitary activities, such as hiking on

1. Building the Active Body

Aging Strong and Gracefully
If you’re concerned about how old you look or how old you feel, you might be tempted to search for the fountain of youth in anti-aging supplements, face creams, or spa treatments. In truth, two of the most effective—and inexpensive—things you can do to hold on to

Activity Benefits Go Beyond Weight Loss

If you’re looking for motivation to get up off the couch, the results of a large new European study may be just what you need to lace up those walking shoes. Even a moderate amount of exercise—the equivalent of a daily brisk 20-minute walk—was associated with significant reductions in mortality

How Much Exercise Is Enough?

Nobody questions the health benefits of even just a little exercise, but you may wonder about what might be called the “Goldilocks” question: How much physical activity is “just right”? And is it possible to get too much or to overdo the intensity? Two large new studies, both published in

11. Healthy Lifestyle

As important as it is to eat well, as discussed in the bulk of this report, other lifestyle factors, including exercise and sleep, also impact your health. Compared with less active people, those who are more physically active tend to live longer and have lower risks of many chronic diseases,

Finding Your Exercise Sweet Spot: How Much is Enough?

The first Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, published in 2008 by the Department of Health and Human Services, states “some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. For substantial (emphasis added) health benefits, adults should do at

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