A Report of the Surgeon General
Physical Activity and Health: The Link Between Physical Activity and Morbidity and Mortality
HOW PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IMPACTS HEALTH
Regular physical activity that is performed on most days of the week reduces the risk of developing or dying from some of the leading causes of illness and death in the United States. Regular physical activity improves health in the following ways:
HEALTH BURDENS THAT COULD BE REDUCED THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Millions of Americans suffer from illnesses that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
So, how much physical activity do I need?
That’s the big question! How much exercise do you need to stay healthy? Read what the experts say.
Tips for meeting the guidelines.
Now that you know how much exercise you need, how can you fit enough exercise into a busy schedule? Here are a few suggestions.
Examples of moderate amounts of physical activity.
Even chores can count towards exercise goals! Check out what counts and how much you need.
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
The site offers information on the importance of activity for all age groups including children and seniors. Topic areas include the importance of staying active, the amount of calories burned for different activities and how much activity you need as well as how to get started on a fitness program.
This website offers an “Adult Fitness Test” that can be taken online. Links are available for getting started and keeping track of your fitness program. There is also information for children.
From the Department of Health & Human Services, this site offers a wealth of information on physical fitness for all ages. This is worth a visit!
The President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports
This is not just for kids anymore. This site has a guide for HOW to fit physical activity into your daily routine.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Another site through the Department of Health & Human Services, this site offers links to “Women: Stay Healthy at Any Age: Your Checklist for Health” & “Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age: Your Checklist for Health”
United States Department of Agriculture
The USDA developed this site to promote their “Eat Smart Play Hard” initiative. This program is aimed for parents and caregivers about how to eat right and serve as a role model for your children.
This is the Army’s interactive website for health promotion and fitness. There is a wealth of information on this site and most definitely worth a visit.
The following are leaders in the fitness and sports medicine industry.