Physical Activity Basics

Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health.  Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight, improve heart health, strengthen bones and muscles, and reduce stress.  Learn about the benefits of physical activity, and how much you should aim for each day.
How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?​
Adults should aim for 2 ½ hrs/week (about 30 minutes most days) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking). If you do vigorous intensity activities such as running, aim for 75 minutes/week. A mix of  moderate and vigorous activities is fine.
Do muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days/week. 
Aim to be active at least 10 minutes each time you do something.
Health Benefits of Physical Activity
Physical activity lowers your risk of many chronic diseases, improves weight control, keeps your heart, lung and bones healthy, and has positive effects on mental health and mood.  
How Does Physical Activity Improve Weight Control?
Physical activity burns calories. When you burn more calories than you get from food, you lose weight. Regular activity also helps you maintain a healthy weight. Learn about calorie balance and the number of calories you can burn doing various activities.
Physical Activity is for Everyone!