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Pediatric Exercise Guidelines


Youth between 6-18 years old should try to get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) every day. Specifically,

Do activities that get your heart pumping
Do activities that make your muscles and bones stronger

Younger and more fit youth might only need 75 minutes a week of hard exercise or interval training.

Youth with type 1 diabetes should try to meet the same exercise goals as other kids.

Try to limit the time spent sitting, especially time spent on screens

Adult Exercise Guidelines


Adults should aim to get at least 150 minutes a week or 30 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)

Do resistance exercises 2-3 times a week on nonconsecutive days.

Younger and more fit adults might only need 75 minutes a week of hard exercise or interval training

Don't go more than 2 days in a row without exercising

All adults, especially those with type 2 diabetes, should try to sit less each day


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