Health Tip: How Much Exercise Do You Need?

We all know that exercise is good for us, but how much do we need at each stage of life?

The U.S. Library of Medicine suggests:

  • Adults should get 30 minutes of aerobic activity each day -- in the form of walking, running, biking or swimming. Additionally, they should practice strengthening exercises -- such as lifting weights or climbing stairs -- twice weekly.
  • Children and teens should get 60 minutes of age-appropriate physical activity each day, such as playing at the playground or biking. And three days per week, they should perform muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening exercises, such as doing push-ups, jumping jacks, playing volleyball or working with resistance bands.
  • Seniors, pregnant women and those with disabilities should check with a doctor to develop a personal exercise plan.

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