Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.
Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health–aerobic and muscle-strengthening.
Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day.
This may sound like a lot, but don't worry! Your child may already be getting enough! And, you'll discover there are easy and enjoyable ways to help your child get moving more if he or she needs to. Encourage your child to participate in activities that are age-appropriate, enjoyable and offer variety! Just make sure your child or adolescent is doing three types of physical activity:
Adults need at least:
Physical Activity is Essential to Healthy Aging
As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most
important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of
the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your
muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day
activities without becoming dependent on others.
If you're 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions you can follow the guidelines listed above. http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/olderadults.html
We know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time, but you don't have to do it all at once. Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you're doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time.
Give it a try
Try going for a 10-minute brisk walk, 3 times a day, 5 days a week. This will give you a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity.