Physical Activity

Did You Know?

  • Most health benefits take place with at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity.
  • Some physical activity is better than none.
  • The benefits of physical activity are greater than the chance of negative outcomes.
  • Physical activity can help with weight loss, especially when eating fewer calories.
  • Jumping rope uses almost every muscle in your body.
  • Every minute you walk adds 1.5 to 2 minutes to your life.

Health Benefits of Physical Activity

  • Improved cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Improved muscular fitness
  • Prevention of falls
  • Reduced depression
  • Better cognitive function for older adults
  • Lower risk of:
    • Early death
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Osteoporosis
    • Certain types of cancers

How Much Physical Activity You Need

Amount of Physical Activity
Children 2 to 5 years old
90 minutes or more each day
Children 6 to 17 years old
60 minutes or more each day
Adults 18 years and older
2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week, or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity each week, and at least 2 days of muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms)