Core Behavior – Move More
Physical activity is critical for lifelong weight management and overall health. Physical activity refers to any bodily movement that requires energy expenditure, whether it’s for work or play, daily chores, or daily commuting. Because of its role in energy balance, physical activity is a critical factor in determining whether a person can maintain a healthy weight, lose excess weight, or sustain weight loss. Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity per week and should perform muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week. Adults who want to maintain weight loss or lose more than 5% of their body weight should increase their moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity to at least 300 minutes per week. People with chronic conditions or disabilities who are not able to follow the key guidelines for adults should adapt their physical activity program to match their abilities, in consultation with a healthcare professional. Children ages 6 to 17 need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day and should get a mix of bone strengthening, muscle building, and aerobic activities.