Although exercise is good for us, we must take care in our regimen. Thus, we look at exercising the proper amount for your age.

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Expert Advice: Exercising the Proper Amount for Your Age

The CDC offers updated physical activity recommendations for these age groups.

  1. Preschool-Aged Children (3-5 years)
  2. Children and Adolescents (6-17 years)
  3. Adults (18-64 years)
  4. Older Adults (65 years and older)

The following infographic highlights the recommendations.

Exercising the Proper Amount for Your Age


If this topic appeals to you, check out CDC’s FREE full book. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition. As the introduction notes:

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Moving more and sitting less have tremendous benefits for everyone. Regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, or current fitness level. Importantly, individuals with a chronic disease or a disability benefit from regular physical activity. As do women who are pregnant. Accordingly, the scientific evidence continues to build. Physical activity links with even more positive health outcomes than we previously thought. In fact, better benefits  start accumulating with small amounts of, and immediately after doing, physical activity.

Today, about half of all American adults — 117 million people — have one or more preventable chronic diseases. Seven of the ten most common chronic diseases are favorably influenced by regular physical activity. Yet, nearly 80 percent of adults are not meeting the key guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity. While only about half meet the key guidelines for aerobic physical activity. This lack of physical activity is linked to approximately $117 billion in annual health care costs and about 10 percent of premature mortality.

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