Physical activity reduces women’s risk for heart disease and stroke. It not only ensures women live longer and healthier, but also improves risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. How much physical activity should women get?
- The American Heart Association and Federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adults get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity (or a combination of those activities).
- In addition, two days per week of moderate-to-high intensity muscle strengthening activity is recommended.
The American Heart Association supports policies that:
- Make physical activity safe and accessible for all
- Increase access to bike and pedestrian trails
- Supports evidenced-based physical education that can help create more livable and active environments
To learn more about the physical activity policies supported by the Association, visit: Federal Priorities - Physical Activity.