Be Active Your Way
A Guide for Adults
- Wondering about how much activity you need each week?
- Want to get physically active but not sure where to begin?
- Already started a program and would like tips on how to keep it up
or step it up?
Then this booklet is for you.
Read how you can fit
physical activity into your lifeyour way. Decide the number of days,
types of activities, and times that fit your schedule.
Written for men and women ages 18 to 64, this booklet is based on the
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans released by the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. When reading, you'll want to pay
special attention to the Advice to Follow boxes in this
booklet. They offer you a quick snapshot of the latest information from these
Share this booklet with your family and friends so you can be active
What is physical activity?
Did you know?
- Some activity is better than none.
- The more you do, the greater the health benefits and the better
Physical activity is any form of exercise or movement of the body that
uses energy. Some of your daily life activitiesdoing active chores around
the house, yard work, walking the dogare examples.
To get the health benefits of physical activity,
include activities that make you breathe harder and make your heart and blood
vessels healthier. These aerobic activities include things
like brisk walking, running, dancing, swimming, and playing basketball. Also
include strengthening activities to make your muscles
stronger, like push-ups and lifting weights.
The good news?
People of all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from
being physically active. If you have a disability, choose activities in this
booklet that work for you. Talk with your health care team about the amount and
types of activities that are right for your ability or condition.
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