Exercise and Your Family
It's no secret that breaking a sweat is good for you—no matter what your age. But for parents who wonder whether morning dog walks with your toddler in tow (or those three trips from the car with groceries and Baby on your hip) actually count as exercise, there's reassuring news from the US Department of Health & Human Services. According to its 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, making time for the exercise you need to maintain or even improve your health may be easier than you think.
Take a look at the recommendations, then read on for experts' secrets for helping your whole family to fit in fitness.
|Age Group||Moderate Exercise||Vigorous Exercise||Also …|
|Pregnant & Postpartum Women||2.5+ hours/ week||Continue pre-pregnancy routine||Spread aerobic activity throughout week; discuss exercise regime with doctor|
|General Adults||2.5 hours/ week to maintain health; 5 hours/week for extensive benefits, OR||1.25 hours/week to maintain health; 2.5 hours/week for extensive benefits||Muscle-strengthening activities 2 days/week|
|Older Adults||(As above, if possible)||(As above, if possible)||Be as physically active as abilities and conditions allow; do balance exercises if at risk of falling|
|Kids & Adolescents||1+ hours/day||At least 3 days/week||Muscle-strengthening activities 3 days/week; bone-strengthening activities 3 days/week|