Are you getting enough physical activity?

Written by Ann Dennison Ann Dennison
Published: 12 June 2020 12 June 2020

According to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines, only 26 percent of men, 19 percent of women, and 20 percent of adolescents report sufficient activity to meet the current minimum guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.  The benefits of physical activity are well researched and have been found to take effect immediately. 

Regular physical activity benefits include:

Minimum guidelines have been established for various age groups including young children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. 

Pre-school Aged Children (ages 3-5)

School-Aged and Adolescent Children (ages 6-17)


Older Adults (65 and older)

Below is a chart with some examples of both moderate and vigorous-intensity activities.

Moderate Intensity Activity

Vigorous Intensity Activity

Walking briskly (2.5-4.0 mph)

Jogging, running

Doubles tennis

Carrying heavy groceries upstairs

Raking the yard

Shoveling snow

Water aerobics

High-Intensity Interval training

Active forms of Yoga

Jumping rope

General yard work and home repair

Biking >10 mph

Ballroom or Line dancing

Swimming laps


If you need help determining your current fitness level or have chronic conditions that may be preventing you from being physically active, contact our office to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist.   We can help you develop a comprehensive program to keep you physically active and healthy for life.


Jen Buono, PT, DPT


References: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans 2nd Edition.