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Physical Activity

The best way to manage your weight is to keep a balance between what you eat and drink and how active you are. You can be active your way by choosing activities that are best for you and your lifestyle. Start at a level that is comfortable for you. Increase your activity gradually and safely. Find out more about Getting Started, for example how to set goals, how to track your progress, and how to continue with physical activity that will help you feel great and also benefit your health.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend the following for adults:

  • Do at least 2½ hours per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, OR

  • 1¼ hours per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity

  • Activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes and preferably spread out throughout the week

  • For additional health benefits, do muscle-strengthening activities and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days per week

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

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Updated January 2012