May is National Physical Fitness Month!
Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. It's never too late to start! National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.
Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:
- Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, heart health, and decrease the chance of type 2 diabetes.
- Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and can increase mood and energy level.
- Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills) and increase energy level.
You don't have to join a gym or spend a lot of money buying fancy exercise equipment to be active.The weather is finally getting nicer so this is the perfect time to head outside for your daily activity. Try to get 30 minutes a day, even broken down into 10 or 15 minute increments if you need to.
- Walk with a friend in the morning
- Better yet, walk with a friend and your dog! (Or walk dogs at the Humane Society)
- Play catch or basketball with your kids after dinner - encourage your kids to be active from an early age
- Join a local team - there's teams for all ages and skill levels
- Don't like the great outdoors? Take up bowling or take a dance class
- Go hiking or biking on the weekend. The lakes and waterfalls are spectacular right now!
If you haven't exercised in awhile, start slow. Remember, any activity is better than none. Your body will thank you!