Exercise Guidelines

Active Adults


Key Guidelines for Adults 

All adults should avoid inactivity. Some physical activity is better than none, and adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. 







Key Guidelines for Older Adults

Adults aged 65 years and older gain substantial health benefits from regular physical activity, and these benefits continue to occur throughout their lives.







People With Disabilities


Key Guidelines for Adults with disabilities

The benefits of physical activity for people with disabilities have been studied in diverse groups.  These groups include stroke victims, people with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, limb amputations, mental illness, intellectual disability, and dementia.





Children & Adolescents


Key Guidelines for Children & Adolescents

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents promotes health and fitness.  Compared to those who are inactive, physically active youth have higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and stronger muscles.





Women During Pregnancy


Key Guidelines for Women During Pregnancy

Physical activity during pregnancy benefits a woman’s overall health. For example, moderate-intensity physical activity by healthy women during pregnancy maintains or increases cardiorespiratory fitness.