Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ACSM/AHA Guidelines for Physical Activity

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) American Heart Association joint Physical Activity Guidelines for healthy adults under age 65 reads as follows:

"All healthy adults ages 18 to 65 years need moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 30 minutes on five days each week or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity for at least 20 minutes on three days each week."

"Further, adults will benefit from performing activities that maintain or increase muscular strength and endurance for at least two days each week. It is recommended that 8-10 exercises using the major muscle groups be performed on two non-consecutive days. To maximize strength development, a resistance (weight) should be used for 8-12 repetitions of each exercise resulting in willful fatigue."

To read the full report go to

link to commonly asked questions.

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