Physical activity is simply any movement of the body that causes an exertion of energy. Physical activity can be done in a number of ways. Many common activities such as walking or gardening, climbing the stairs at work, or doing household chores are all forms of moderate physical activity. More vigorous physical activity includes soccer, basketball, aerobic swimming, running, or even dancing the night away with friends.
Physical activity does not have to be boring or mundane. Find what you like, start at a pace that works for you, and build from there. Regular moderate and vigorous physical activity of at least 2.5 hours a week can have significant health benefits, and the more you do, the greater the benefit. Aim to spread activity out over at least three days per week - this will allow time for recovery, and you will be less likely to burn out. By adding more of these types of moderate and vigorous activities to your daily routine you can increase your physical activity and help improve your health, no matter what stage you are at.
Get Moving Alabama
Get Moving Alabama encourages you to get moving for your wellbeing! Learn how to get moving and improve your health and quality of life.
Exercise and You
Exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Learn more about the benefits of exercise, tips to get moving, and how much exercise you need each day.
Resources for Physical Activity
- What is physical activity?
- Nutrition & Physical Activity and iChoices Wellness present "Healthy Activity for Everyone" Video Series
- Alabama State Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Profile
- Alabama BRFSS Physical Activity Prevalence and Trends Data
Get Out and Active in Alabama
- Alabama Hiking Trail Society
- Alabama State Parks
- Birmingham Bicycle Club
- Birmingham Track Club
- Fishing at Alabama Public Lakes (2 MB)
- The Montgomery Bike Club
- Outdoor Alabama
- River Region Runners Montgomery
Physical Activity Strategies in the Community
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report providing recommendations for physical activity for children and adults based on research findings and evidence for health benefits from physical activity.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report providing state-level information on physical activity behaviors and on environmental and policy strategies in place that encourage physical activity for children and adults.
The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
The Surgeon General is promoting increased physical activity through walking and improved access to safe and easy pedestrian activities through walkable communities in the United States.
- Step It Up! The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
- The Surgeon General's Perspective on Making Our Communities Walkable for Older Adults
United States National Physical Activity Plan
A coalition of national organizations is promoting physical activity in the U.S. through a comprehensive, evidence-based strategic plan. The inclusive plan aims to foster a culture that supports physically active lifestyles to improve health, prevent disease and disability, and enhance quality of life.
Visit Healthy Lifestyle Tips for more ways to incorporate healthy choices into your daily life.
Page last updated: April 17, 2017