How much activity is enough? Most people are not getting the recommended amount of exercise in their daily lives. Kids and adults alike are spending more time indoors in front of electronics and less time being active.
Older adults and those with chronic conditions should consult a doctor before starting a new exercise routine. Any amount of activity is beneficial, but 150 minutes a week is ideal. Older adults should do some aerobic activity, balance training and muscle-strengthening activities.
Public health experts recommend adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, which could be as straightforward as walking briskly for 30 minutes five days a week. Adults should also participate in muscle-strengthening activities two days each week. These could include weightlifting at a gym or an at-home workout with exercises like pushups and situps.
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CDC guidelines for older kids and teenagers suggest doing 60 minutes of physical activity each day, which is likely a lot more than they typically get. Your children may get some exercise during recess at school, but they will probably need more when they get home. Remember, they should also work out on the weekends. Include activities that strengthen muscles and bones. Trips to the park are an excellent way to give kids opportunities to run around and burn off excess energy.
Preschool-aged kids also need to be physically active throughout the day. Encourage active play and provide multiple opportunities for exploring their physical limits.