Walking is simple and enjoyable. Walking will make you feel better and live longer. Walking is better for the health of the planet as well. By getting out of our cars and walking as much as possible, we reduce the amount of harmful air emissions going into the atmosphere that contributes to climate change.
Infant: No specific time recommendations
Physical activity promotes motor development; no formal programs necessary. Provide a safe space for free movement and play. Limit time in car seats, walkers and swings.
Children: 1 ½ to 2 hours
Toddlers and youth should have 30-60 minutes of structured activity and at least 60 minutes of unstructured active play time each day. Limit time in car seats and strollers. The kids will be happier and sleep better at night!
Adolescents: 30-60 minutes
Depending on interests, this can include both individual activities and competitive sports. Limit time in cars and encourage walking and bicycling whenever possible.
Adults: 30-60 minutes
30 minutes of moderately-intense physical activity at least 5 times a week provides significant health benefits, while a higher level may be achieved by increasing the time and/or frequency. Think about ways to get out of the car and walk rather than drive! The average family makes 10 car trips in a given day. Think about ways to reduce the amount of driving you do. It will help air quality and the planet!
Older Adults: 30-60 minutes
30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 times a week provides significant health benefits. Think about ways to get out of the car and walk rather than drive!
Start today! Print this convenient walking calendar, slip on a pair of comfortable walking shoes or sneakers and take a walk!
Gavin, Mary L. MD, Dowshen, Steven A., MD, Izenberg, Neil, MD, (2004). FitKIDS, A practical guide to raising active and healthy children - from birth to teens, DK Publishing, Inc., New York , NY
Mayo Clinic web site (February 27, 2006)
Primary Source: NJ Department of Health (February 27, 2006)
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