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Spring into Better Habits: Fitness

Physical Actvity Report - Ohio

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides regular reports on how each state is doing by age group in terms of physical activity, fitness, and more. the 2010 report is available here!

Guides to Physical Activity

How much physical activity do adults need?

How much physical activity do adults (ages 18-24) need?

Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, you need to do two types of physical activity each week to improve your health–aerobic and muscle-strengthening.

   For Important Health Benefits

   Adults need at least:

   walking2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-
          intensity aerobic activity
(i.e., brisk walking) every week
     and

   icon of a person lifting weightsmuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a
     week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back,   
     abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

 

OR

   jogging 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-
    intensity aerobic activity
(i.e., jogging or running) every week
     and

   icon of a person lifting weightsmuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a
     week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back,   
     abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).
 

OR
 

     icon of a person walkingicon of a person joggingAn equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-
       intensity aerobic activity
     
and

    icon of a person lifting weightsmuscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a
     week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back,   
     abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

   Need more help with the
   guidelines?

   Watch this video:
     Physical Activity Guidelines Introduction Video


   Windows Media Player, 4:43
   More videos

   10 minutes at a time is fine

   We know 150 minutes each week sounds like a lot of time,
   but it's not. That's 2 hours and 30 minutes, about the same
   amount of time you might spend watching a movie. The
   good news is that you can spread your activity out during
   the week, so you don't have to do it all at once. You can
   even break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day.
   It's about what works best for you, as long as you're doing
   physical activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at
   least 10 minutes at a time.

   More at the CDC site
        How much physical activity do adults need?
        https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/index.htm

Fitness for all ages

Anyone and everyone does better with a little bit of exercise. Whether it is walking, running, jogging, biking, swimming, hiking, or rock climibing; getting 20-30 minutes of exercise a few days a week will improve your quality of life!

Below are some programs specific to those, who are older but still active, and this information might be something to share with a relative or family member!

Types of Activities


The MedlinePlus page Exercise and Physical Fitness provides these links and more through the Specifics section.