Health & Wellness

How Much Exercise is Really Needed?

Editor’s note: This article was provided by MercyOne.

Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. But, according to the American Heart Association, only about one in five adults and teens gets enough exercise to maintain good health.

So, how much is enough?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, publishes the Physical Activity Guidelines for America. In these guidelines, which are available at, recommendations are listed for children, adults, aging adults, pregnant and postpartum women, and those with a chronic health condition or disability.

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