Regular leisure-time physical activity can benefit an individual's overall health and fitness. To achieve substantial benefits, including reduced risk of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, osteoporosis, depression, and the risk of premature death, it is recommended that young adults engage in aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities each week.38, 39 Physical activity can be beneficial for all young adults whether they are in generally good health or currently have chronic conditions or disabilities.40
Indicator Beh3: Percentage of young adults ages 18–24 who participated in both leisure-time aerobic and muscle-strengthening physical activities meeting the federal 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by race and Hispanic origin, selected years 2005–2006 to 2011–2012
NOTE: The Department of Health and Human Services 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend for substantial health benefits, adults should do: (1) at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination; and (2) muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups two or more days a week (http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/guidelines/chapter4.aspx). The revised 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) standards for data on race and ethnicity were used to classify persons into racial groups. Data on race and Hispanic origin are collected separately. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.
38 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2008). 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (ODPHP Publication No. U0036). Retrieved from http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/pdf/paguide.pdf.
39 Carlson, S.A., Fulton, J.E., Schoenborn, C.A., and Loustalot, F. (2010). Trend and prevalence estimates based on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 39(4), 305–313.
40 Rimmer, J.H. Developmental disability and fitness. Retrieved from http://www.nchpad.org/104/reference/Developmental~Disability~and~Fitness.