Top Things to Know
About the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines
According to the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines to attain the most health benefits from physical activity, adults need at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking or fast dancing, each week. Adults also need muscle-strengthening activity, like lifting weights or doing push-ups, at least 2 days each week.
-The first key guideline for women is to
move more and sit less.
-We now know that any amount of physical activity has some health benefits.
-New evidence shows that physical activity has
-We now know that meeting the recommendations in the Physical Activity Guidelines consistently over time can lead to even more long-term health benefits. (New benefits appear in bold) For women, physical activity helps prevent 8 types of cancer (
bladder, breast, colon,
endometrium, esophagus, kidney, stomach, and lung); reduces the risk of
Alzheimer's disease), all-cause mortality, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and depression; and improves bone health, physical function, and quality of life.
-For older women, physical activity also lowers the risk of falls and
injuries from falls.
-For all women, physical activity reduces the risk of
excessive weight gain and helps women maintain a healthy weight.
-New evidence shows that physical activity can help
manage more health conditions that women already have as well.