The Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) for Americans: second edition

Call to activity

The overarching vision is to transform the present sick care system into a health-promoting system affecting every single person across the country everyone can dramatically improve their health, just by moving, anytime, anywhere and by any means that get you active single episode of physical activity can reduce anxiety and blood pressure and improve quality of sleep and insulin sensitivity even small amounts of physical activity are beneficial and that reductions in the risk of disease and disability occur by simply getting moving

The greatest health benefits accrue by moving from no, to even small amounts of, physical activity, especially if that activity is of moderate (e.g., brisk walking) or vigorous (e.g., jogging and running) intensity

The recommendations for pre-school (3-5 years) aged children: children should be physically active throughout the day, with a target of 3 hours per day of activity

The recommendations for children and adolescents aged 6-17 years: children and adolescents aged 6 through 17 years should do physical activity with a target of 6 hours per day

The recommendations for adults: 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, muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week

The recommendations for older adults: older adults are recommended to do a multi-component physical activity, including balance training and aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities

The recommendations for pregnant and postpartum women: pregnant and postpartum women should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week

The recommendations for adults with chronic conditions or disabilities: adults with chronic conditions or disabilities, as they are able, should 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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