2018 Physical Activity Guidelines

Happy Sunday, Team! In November 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Scientific Report, the first update of the panel’s 2008 physical activity report. The more we move, the better we live, pretty much sums it up.

To stay healthy, adults need 150–300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity weekly or 75–150 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity), the committee recommends. Additionally, adults are encouraged to do muscle-strengthening exercises that involve all the major muscle groups at a moderate intensity or greater on 2 or more days a week. Youth aged 6–17, by contrast, should have 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily.

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