Physical Activity

Everyone should move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is always better than none. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion provide physical activity guidelines, which are based on current scientific evidence supporting the connection between physical activity,  overall health and well-being, disease prevention and quality of life.

Adult recommendations

  • get at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of vigorous intensity each week.
  • a combination of moderate- and vigorous- intensity works also.
  • additional health benefits are gained by engaging in physical activity 300 minutes (5 hours) each week.

Benefits of physical activity for adults

Overall, strong evidence demonstrates that compared to less active adult men and women, individuals who are more active:

  • have lower rates of all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, colon and breast cancer, and depression;
  • are likely to have less risk of a hip or vertebral fracture;
  • exhibit a higher level of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness; and
  • are more likely to achieve weight maintenance, have a healthier body mass and composition.

Physical Activity Resources

Learn about physical activity guidelines and basics as well as tips for adding physical activity into your daily life.