How Much Exercise Should You Be Doing?

New exercise recommendations by age and ability

- Preschool-age (3 through 5 years): physically active throughout the day with the goal of three hours of activity daily

- Children and teens (6 through 17 years): at least 60 minutes daily of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity; include vigorous activity, muscle-strengthening, and bone-strengthening activity three times a week

- Adults: at least 150 to 300 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, or 75 to 150 minutes weekly of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalent combination of both, plus muscle-strengthening activities on at least two days a week

- Older adults: multicomponent physical activities that mix balance activities, aerobic activities, and strength training can help prevent falls and injuries; reduce overall sitting and replace it with light (or when possible, moderate) activity

- Pregnant and postpartum women: at least 150 minutes weekly of moderate-intensity aerobic activity
Adults with chronic conditions or disabilities: follow adult guidelines as able, including both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities