Facebook Twitter Instagram You Tube Pinterest LinkedIn RSS Podcasts Video Library Blog
 - Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago

Exercise and Physical Fitness

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most adults should get at least 30 minutes per day of moderate physical activity, at least 5 days per week. Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases.

Internet Resources

Centers for Disease Control: Physical Activity for Everyone
This site has guidelines for all age groups, giving you the freedom to reach your physical activity goals through different types and amounts of activities each week. It's easier than you think!

MedlinePlus: Exercise and Physical Fitness
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for both government-sponsored and privatel-developed trusted health information for the lay public.

President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
This official site includes quick links for coaches, teachers and health and fitness specialists, as well as information about an active lifestyle, fit and active kids.

American College of Sports Medicine
This organization is dedicated to education, research, and advocacy for physical fitness, exercise, and sports medicine. The general public portion of the site has links to many sources of information about physical fitness and exercise.


  • 100 questions & answers about sports nutrition and exercise. Al-Masri L. 2011
  • Fitness Illustrated. Sharkey B. 2011.
  • ACSM’s health-related physical fitness assessment manual. Kaminsky L, ed. 2010.
  • ABLE bodies balance training. Scott S. 2008.
  • 15 minute better back workout. Martin S. 2008.
  • Anatomy for strength and fitness training for women: an illustrated guide to your muscles. Vella M. 2008.

Journal Articles

  • “Exercise intensity. Working out in the right range.” Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource. 15(3):7. March 2011.
  • “Getting started exercising.” Diabetes Self-Management. 27(5):69-70. Sep-Oct 2010.
  • “Looking for a panacea? Just keep moving.” Harvard Health Letter. 35(8):7. June 2010. “Break your routine: fun fitness ideas for everybody.” Neithercott T. Diabetes Forecast. 63(7):42-46. July 2010.
  • “Defining a moderate-intensity workout. A simple walking test can gauge the intensity of your walking pace.” Harvard Heart Letter. 19(10):1, June 2009.
  • “Exercise: good questions (and answers).” Diabetes Forecast. 62(7):44-50. July 2009 

Video Recordings

  • Exercise: Getting Active, Staying Active. 2007. 20 min.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center at 312-926-5465 or HLC@nmh.org.

Last UpdateJuly 11, 2012