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US: Physical activity guidelines released

The US government has released its latest physical activity guidelines. They describe the major research findings on the health benefits of physical activity and make recommendations for children and adults.

Children and adolescents need an hour or more of moderate or vigorous activity every day. They can do this in periods of time that add up to sixty minutes. Most of their time should be spent doing either moderate or vigourous activity. However, they should also do some muscle strenghtening and bone strengthening activity at least three days a week.

Adults should avoid inactivity. They gain substantial health benefits from two and a half hours of moderate aerobic physical activity a week. However, for more extensive health benefits, adults should increase their aerobic activity to five hours a week of moderate activity or two and a half hours of intensive activity a week. Adults should also do strength training at least twice a week.

The guidelines come with a series of fact sheets for various groups.

Read the guidelines 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Read more Dept of Health and Social Services website

Published on October 8, 2008 in International news