The new physical activity guidelines: what you need to know
How much physical activity do we need to be healthy? The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, which was recently published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, aims to answer this question. The 1st edition was published in 2008, and a lot of new research has informed this latest edition.
While the guidelines are aimed at policy makers and health professionals, these recommendations are also important for members of the public. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has come out with lots of easy to understand information about the guidelines, like this Top 10 Things to Know (...) page and the Move Your Way Campaign, which has great fact sheets, like this one for adults, and other tools and resources like the poster below.
So what do YOU need to know?
1 - Sitting is bad for you. We should move more and sit less.
2 - Any amount of increased physical activity has health benefits.
3 - Physical activity has immediate health benefits.
4 - Little kids should move more.
We already know that we should exercise more. These guidelines help to reinforce that. But the good news is that even moving just a little bit can start to make you feel healthier right away. So get up and get moving - even if it's just a walk around the block or some squats in your living room! It's time for us all to start making time in our busy schedules for our own health.