What are the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Physical Activity Guidelines to reduce the risk of injuries and adverse events?

Updated: May 25, 2018
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To do physical activity safely and reduce risk of injuries and other adverse events, people should do the following:

  • Understand the risks and yet be confident that physical activity is safe for almost everyone
  • Choose to do types of physical activity that are appropriate for their current fitness level and health goals, because some activities are safer than others.
  • Increase physical activity gradually over time whenever more activity is necessary to meet guidelines or health goals; inactive people should "start low and go slow" by gradually increasing how often and for how long activities are done
  • Protect themselves by using appropriate gear and sports equipment, looking for safe environments, following rules and policies, and making sensible choices about when, where, and how to be active
  • Be under the care of a health-care provider if they have chronic conditions or symptoms, and consult their health-care provider about the types and amounts of activity appropriate for them

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