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Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is important for your overall health and well-being. Include activities that you enjoy and can easily fit into your daily routine—such as walking your dog, working in your garden, or riding your bike.

Being active for 30-60 minutes on most days can help you build strength and fitness, relax and reduce stress, gain more energy, and improve your sleep. These benefits all add up to decreasing your risk of heart disease and other conditions, such as colon cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure.

Take the Adult Fitness Test. Are you Ready? Start Here.The activities featured on the adult fitness test are provided as a way for you to get an estimate of your level of aerobic fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and your body composition. The results on each test provide you with a measure from which you can track your progress in each area as you become more physically active.  The test is provided by the President's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports.

If you have been inactive for several years or are currently under medical care, please consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

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Getting Started Link Arrow Getting Started
Keeping Track Link Arrow Keeping Track
Maintaining Physical Activity Link Arrow Maintaining Physical Activity
Physical Activity for Everyone Link Arrow Physical Activity for Everyone
Getting Started
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Get Active:
Fitness Fundamentals: Guidelines for Personal Exercise Programs
Active At Any Size
Physical Activity in Your Daily Life
Tips to Help You Get Active
Shape Up America! 10,000 Steps
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Keeping Track
President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Assess Your Physical Activity
MyStart! Online for Individuals
The Fitness Center
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Maintaining Physical Activity
Maintenance 101: The Basics
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Physical Activity for Everyone
BAM! Body and Mind—Physical Activity
My Bright Future: Physical Activity And Healthy Eating Guide for Adult Women
Powerful Girls Need Physical Activity
Physical Activity (Exercise)
Physical Activity for Everyone: The Benefits of Physical Activity
Physical Activity for Everyone: How Much Physical Activity Do You Need?
Your Guide to Physical Activity and Your Heart
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