What are Adult Physical Activity Needs?

As an adult, how Much Physical Activity do you really need?

Do you know the Physical Activity needs of an adult? U.S. guidelines advise that healthy adults (ages 18 – 64), should be physical active each day. Physical Activity could include your choice of the activities below on a regular basis. Try to exercise for at least one session for each of the four (4) main types of exercise – Balance, Endurance, Flexibility, and Strength each week.

Adult Activity Needs are at least:

Physical Activity Needs - Walking  2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic  activity (i.e., brisk walking) each week.

and

Physical Activity Needs - Weight  muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. Be sure to  work all major muscle groups. These muscle groups are legs, hips, back, abdomen (abs or core), chest, shoulders, and arms.

OR

Physical Activity Needs - Running 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) each week.

and

Weight  muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. These exercises should work all major muscle groups. These muscle groups are legs, hips, back, abdomen (abs or core), chest, shoulders, and arms.

Or

Physical Activity Needs - Walking Running An equal mix of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.

and

Physical Activity Needs - Weight   muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week. These strength-training exercises should work every major muscle group. These muscle groups are legs, hips, back, abdomen (abs or core), chest, shoulders, and arms.

Activity Needs Conclusion:

The average adult should be active at least 2.5 hours per week.


Note: Medications and other factors can impact your ability to exercise safely so be sure to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise routine. He/she will advise you about the type and amount of physical activity that is right for you.

Recent studies suggest that sitting for long periods of time may lead to health problems. These include, but not limited to: diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. This was found even among people who are active at other times of the day. Wearing a fitness tracker can be a tremendous help to you by recording your activity. Knowing how much or how little you are actually moving can be very motivational.


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