Activity guidelines for healthy adults under age 65

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association have updated their physical activity guidelines.

The basic recommendations

  • Do moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.


  • Do vigorously intense cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week.


  • Do 8 to 10 strength-training exercises, 8 to 12 repetitions of each exercise twice a week.

Moderate-intensity physical activity means working hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat, yet still being able to carry on a conversation.

Also on the website?

  • Tips for meeting the guidelines
  • Starting an exercise program
  • Improvements from the 1995 recommendation
  • Frequently asked questions

8/3/07 21:37 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.