Stay Active and Feel Better
Make physical activity your solution to feeling tired, bored, and out of shape. Here are some fun tips for adding activity to your family’s daily routine.
How Much Physical Activity Do You Need?
You can reach your physical activity goals by varying the types and amounts of activities each week. Sessions of as little as 10 minutes each make the goals do-able.
This terrific site from the Department of Health and Human Services explains how getting active is possible no matter what your age or physical condition. Start with the basics.
Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
The Federal Government has issued its first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. They describe the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans.
Online Fitness Calculators
Use these calculators to help determine your ideal body weight, how many calories you need each day and how many you can burn with activities, and what your target heart rate should be during exercise. Smokers can find tools to help them determine how many cigarettes they have ever smoked and how much the habit has cost them.
Exercise and Fitness for People with Disabilities – from the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
Physical activity is good for everyone, but can be especially challenging for people with disabilities. The NCPAD provides a wide variety of information on maintaining health through exercise for disabled people of all ages.
Active at Any Size
The information in this booklet may help you start being more active and healthier—no matter what your size. This publication gives detailed information on types of activities, safety tips, and more.
Get Moving? Where Do I Start?
The focus of this site is to help people achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle through physical activity. The Spanish link includes several short articles about the benefits of physical activity. Links to general information in other languages can be accessed through links at the upper right of each page.
Start! Start Walking Now Program (American Heart Association)
This program from the American Heart Association offers information and interactive tools to get people started on their way to heart health. Users can set up a secure, free account to take advantage of the online tracker tools and to connect with other walkers around the country.
Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults
This easy-to-navigate site from NIH Senior Health provides tips on becoming healthier and maintaining your health through exercise. A variety of exercise videos are included, and the buttons at the top of each page can be used to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.
Fitness for Children
This guide from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides ideas for age-appropriate activities and tips on getting children active.
Best Bones Forever!
This fun, interactive site from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is for kids of all ages. Kids are encouraged to choose an activity, grab a friend, and get going.