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Physical Activity Guidelines

To get the most from your physical activity guidebook

Which one of these seems more like you?

  • Read Part 1 if you are getting started and want to learn ways to add physical activity to your life. Find out about the many benefits of being active. Hear how others are taking small steps toward better health.
  • Read Part 2 if you are doing just a small amount of physical activity and want to learn how to become more active.
  • Read Part 3 if you've been active for some time now and want to raise your activity level. Also, learn how to avoid injury.
  • Read Part 4 for a quick summary of what to do—and how much physical activity you need—to get the benefits of staying active. Use these forms to track your progress. Tracking helps you stay on course!

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