The physical activity guidelines for Americans

The second edition of guidelines was presented at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2018, to coincide with their publication online November 12 in JAMA.

The guidelines advocate simply moving more and sitting less. Everyone can dramatically improve their health, just by moving, anytime, anywhere and by any means that get you active. The main recommendations include:

    • recommendation for pre-school aged children (aged 3 through 5 years) to be physically active throughout the day, with a target of 3 hours per day of activity
    • recommendations for children and adolescents aged 6 through 17 years to have 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily
    • recommendations for adults to have at least 150 to 300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an “equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity”
    • recommendations for older adults include multicomponent physical activity with balance training, aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities
    • recommendations for pregnant and postpartum women to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week
    • recommendations for adults with chronic conditions or disabilities to follow the key guidelines for adults and do both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.

Clinicians and other healthcare professionals should have a major role in this “call to activity”.

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