Why is physical activity important?
Physical activity is good for your health and mind! Plus, it is a great way to spend time by yourself or together with family and friends.
Staying active can help keep your body strong and your mind healthy.
Regular physical activity can:
- Reduce the risk of certain conditions (heart disease, diabetes, certain cancers, lowers risk of falls)
- May help manage many conditions (reduces cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure, helps control blood sugar levels, depression, anxiety, arthritis and osteoporosis)
Adults and children who stay active may:
- Do better in school
- Have improved mood and relaxation
- Have improved sleep
- Have less joint pain
How much physical activity is right for me?
- Adults (18-64): Aim for 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) each week of moderate activity, such as walking, bike riding, light yard work and chores, or dancing.
- Children (6-17): Kids should aim for 60 or more minutes each day of physical activity. Make sure it's fun for them!
- Young Children (2-5): Young children do not have a recommended activity. If you have children this age, have them play actively at least a few times each day.
- Older Adults (65 or older) Older adults should follow similar guidelines as those for younger adults. This age group should also focus more on activities that improve balance. Be sure to discuss any new exercise plans with your doctor. There is a higher likelihood of having health conditions that could change how you need to exercise safely.
Note: Do whatever fits your lifestyle! You don’t have to do all of your physical activity at once. It’s ok to split your activity into shorter sessions to fit your schedule.