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Physical Activity according to HHS

In November 2018, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an updated edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines, which might be considered the defacto “exercise for the rest of us.”

The report urges 150 minutes of moderate physical activity weekly (or 75 minutes of vigorous activity) plus muscle-building activities such as weight lifting or yoga twice a week.

They also highlight that exercise from everyday activities counts, something Miles with Friends promotes through our extensive list of non-distance type exercises to select. Using our minutes-to-miles conversions available in the app, the above guidelines equate to around only 7-10 miles of walking per week.

Scientific studies presented in the report show that non-exercise activities, such as toting groceries, bird-watching, making household repairs, doing the laundry, cleaning the garage, and even walking around while talking on the phone, are associated with lower body weight, better overall health, and increased life span.

So, just get up and move one way or another and log your miles into the app every day!

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