Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Physical Activity Tools

There are numerous tools available for free to help you increase or maintain your physical activity. Heart disease and stroke are the nation's No. 1 and 5 killers. Being physically active is important to prevent these illnesses. The American Heart Association recommends:

  • For Overall Cardiovascular Health:
    • At least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days per week for a total of 150 minutes; or
    • At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least three days per week for a total of 75 minutes; or
    • A combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and moderate- to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least two days per week for additional health benefits.
  • For Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
    • An average 40 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity three or four times per week.


Introducing SuperTracker by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a free food and exercise tracking system. With SuperTracker, you can receive a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan to meet your own health goals. There are also tips and support to help you make healthy choices and plan ahead. 

Couch to 5K

Want to run a 5K? The free Couch to 5K Running Plan is an introductory running program to help beginners gain endurance to run 3.1 miles (a 5K).

Upcoming Races in Florida

Whether you are looking for a 5K, 10K, triathlon or marathon, you can use  www.runningintheusa.com to find a race in Florida.

Wellness Tips

  • Take advantage of free resources from your library’s selection of exercise videos and books. 
  • Brisk walking can be a great way to exercise. Head outside to enjoy the fresh air and use the time to plan or clear your head of stress.

Physical Activity for Kids

KidsHealth from Nemours has simple tips and fun videos for kids to learn how to eat healthy and get fit.

Physical Activity for Seniors

Seniors can find great tips, balance exercises, routines for people with arthritis and simple ways to be active at this site from The National Institute on Aging.

More Tips

Visit our pages on Florida parks for even more great information on becoming physically active.