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Wellness Education - Physical Activity

Why is Physical Activity so important?

Physical activity truly is the fountain of youth! What else can help you:

How much physical Activity do I need?

Most health benefits occur with at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate intensity physical activity, such as brisk walking. Additional benefits occur with more physical activity.

For most health outcomes, additional benefits occur as the amount of physical activity increases through higher intensity, greater frequency, and/or longer duration.

Key Guidelines for Adults (taken from the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans)

For more information on the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans follow this link:

How much energy (calories) am I burning?

Follow this link to find the amount of calories you may be burning in various activities.

First click on the activity you wish to participate in. Next, select the intensity or appropriate environment in which that activity takes place, and finally, enter your age, height and weight to get the amount of calories burned per hour.

Physical Activity Links

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Contact Information

HealthyU Employee Wellness Program
York Village, Building #7
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-4058 | Fax: (207) 581-4085
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System