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2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans describes the major research findings on the health benefits of physical activity:

  • Regular physical activity reduces the risk of many adverse health outcomes
  • Some physical activity is better than none
  • For most health outcomes, additional benefits occur as the amount of physical activity increase through higher intensity, greater frequency and/or longer duration
  • Most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking.
  • Both aerobic (endurance) and muscle-strengthening (resistance) physical activity are beneficial
  • Health benefits occur for children and adolescents, young and middle-aged adults, older adults, and those in every studied racial ethnical group
  • The health benefits of physical activity occur for people with disabilities
  • The benefits of physical activity far outweigh the possibility of adverse outcomes

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