Physical Activity

Physical Activity Being physically active can

  • Improve your health — today, tomorrow, and in the future
  • Benefit all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities
  • Help your feel better

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendations

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate and/or vigorous intensity activity/week. Moderate activity is where you can barely talk, but not sing and equivalent to about 100 steps per minute.
  • Combine moderate and vigorous activity. If you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath, you are working at vigorous intensity.

Muscle strengthening activities

  • Strive for at least 2 days per week
  • Work all major muscle groups to prevent muscle loss, increase strength and increase bone density.

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Celebrating Success!

"After a heart operation 8 years ago and now with afib, vigorous exercise for me is walking up and down hills with my dogs. I appreciate the program's definition of "vigorous" activity with regard to singing, etc., since I think this helps people like me participate. "Vigorous" for me has certainly changed in the last 10 years!"
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Stay Strong, Stay Healthy

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) is an evidenced based eight-week program for older adults that meets the recommendation for healthy muscle strength. The program's goal is to improve health and quality of life.


Every Body Walk!

Every Body Walk! strives to get Americans up and moving. Spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, five days a week really can improve your overall health and prevent disease. Look for news, videos, social networking, and more to share with your family and friends.

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