Physical Activity

Guidelines and Exercise:

Children: Children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Aerobic, muscle strengthening and bone strengthening activities are three types of exercise that should be incorporated each week. Instead of watching television after dinner, encourage your child to find other fun activities. Make physical activity such as walks or playing games together part of your family's daily routine. Click here to learn more about exercise guidelines and how you can make physical activity a routine part of your child's life.

Also, talk to your primary care physician at your child's next office visit to learn more about physical activity recommendations.

Adults: Adults need 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities at least two times per week according to the CDC guidelines. Older adults who are fit and have no limiting health conditions should follow the same guideline. Moderate intense aerobic activity includes exercises such as brisk walking or running. Muscle strengthening includes activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). Some helpful tips for getting more active include teaming up with a friend and planning and tracking your progress. Click here to learn more about exercise guidelines for adults and activities that you can start today.

Also, talk to your primary care physician at your next office visit to learn more about physical activity recommendations.

Local Programs:

Below is a list of physical activity programs and resources that may be available in your community. Click on the organizations below to learn more.

Resources for Children: The organizations below provide fun games and tools for children to learn more about exercise.