Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans


ACSM Scientific Pronouncements: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

ACSM is pleased to present the scientific reviews underlying the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines. Health professionals, scientists, community organizations and policymakers can use the papers included in the ACSM Scientific Pronouncements: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition to promote more active, healthier lifestyles for individuals and communities.

About the Scientific Pronouncements

  • Comprised of top physical activity and health experts, the Physical Activities Guidelines Advisory Committee (PAGAC) reviewed current scientific literature on physical activity and health and prepared the scientific report for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Fourteen of the 17 PAGAC committee members are current ACSM members or fellows.

  • Learn more about the best practice systematic review methodology the committee used to generate the scientific report.

  • The PAGAC Scientific Report summarizes the disease prevention and health promotion benefits of being physically active. The report provides the rationale for the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

Meet the Authors

Pronouncement authors serve on the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee.
To learn more about each author, click below. 

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Featured Blog


Paradigm Shift in Physical Activity Research: Do Bouts Matter?

By: Kyle Sprow, M.P.H., CSCS

Researchers found that physical activity accumulated in bouts of less than 10 minutes was associated with a variety of positive health-related outcomes. This is important for individuals who are unwilling or unable to engage in physical activity for longer than 10 minutes. These findings provide evidence for behavioral recommendations that promote using stairs and parking further away from one’s destination. Findings also contribute to an emerging area of research suggesting all physical activity, regardless of duration, offers health-related benefits.

Read the blog for a summary of this pronouncement and the evidence behind changes regarding bout duration guidelines.

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