Fast Five Quiz: Modifiable Cancer Risk Factors

George D. Harris, MD, MS


July 26, 2019

According to guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services, adults should get at least 150-300 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, 75-150 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate-intensity and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Moderate-intensity activities include:

  • Brisk walking

  • Water aerobics

  • Dancing

  • Gardening

  • Biking slower than 10 miles per hour

Vigorous-intensity activities include:

  • Hiking uphill or with a heavy backpack

  • Running

  • Swimming laps

  • Aerobic dancing

  • Heavy yard work

  • Cycling 10 miles per hour or faster

  • Jumping rope

Children aged 3-5 years should be physically active throughout the day to enhance growth and development. Children aged 6-17 years should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day.

Read more about physical activity guidelines.


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