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New Excercise Guidelines: Forget Gym, Get Outside

New federal exercise guidelines say that children and adolescents should get at least one hour of exercise every day, and adults should get at least two and one-half hours of physical activity per week. Unlike previous efforts, the recommendations de-emphasize gym exercise in favor of activities people are more likely to enjoy to fend off bad phsycial and mental health, according to an article on the new report at WebMD. “They can climb trees, they can go on the playground, they can do hopping and skipping games,” said Steven Galson, MD, the acting surgeon general. And where better for people to do these things than in city parks, playgrounds and trails.

The National Wildlife Federation is promoting a “green hour” for kids every day — what it describes as a bit of time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world.

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