Percentage of adults aged 18 and over who met the 2008 federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity through leisuretime aerobic activity, by age group and sex:
The government recommends that Americans exercise at least 2.5 hours a week with moderate to intense aerobic activity. But fewer adults met this guideline as they got older, and women were less likely to get their recommended amount of exercise than men.
If getting physically active seems too challenging, it might be worth remembering that even a little can go a long way. Read more about how building up activity with walks and other low-intensity exercise, can help the heart, here.
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