What are the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Physical Activity Guidelines for older adults?

Updated: May 25, 2018
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With regard to exercise, older adults should take the following into consideration:

  • Older adults who cannot do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week because of chronic conditions should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow
  • Older adults should do exercises that maintain or improve balance if they are at risk of falling
  • Older adults should determine their level of effort for physical activity relative to their level of fitness
  • Older adults with chronic conditions should understand whether and how their conditions affect their ability to do regular physical activity safely

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