Learn how you and your family can get fit during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: New events, parks and trails to explore, activities for kids, healthy recipes, and more. And don't forget to take the health pledge for a chance to win prizes.
In May we focus on National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. What a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.
Here are just some of the benefits of physical activity:
- Children and Adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.
- Adults – Physical activity can lower risk for heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, and some types of cancer.
- Older Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like judgment and learning).
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that people:
- Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week.
Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
- Do muscle-strengthening activities-like lifting weights and using exercise bands- at least twice a week.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage family to make small changes, like taking a walk after dinner.
- Motivate teachers and administrators to make schools healthier by making sure physical activity is a part of every student’s day.
- Identify youth leaders in the community who can talk to their peers about the importance of being active.
Source: Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services