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New Activity Guidelines

Tuesday, January 18, 2005; Page HE03

• To reduce the risk of chronic disease in adulthood: Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity, above usual amounts, on most days of the week. Most people will see greater health benefits by working out harder or longer than the minimum.

• To help manage weight and prevent gradual, unhealthy weight gain in adulthood: Get about 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity on most days of the week while not exceeding calorie intake limits.

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• To sustain weight loss in adulthood: Get at least 60 to 90 minutes of daily moderate-intensity physical activity while not exceeding calorie limits. Some people may need to consult with a health care provider first.

• For physical fitness, include cardiovascular conditioning, resistance exercises or calisthenics, and stretching.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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