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May Day, May Day! Save Yourself!
The month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Take each of the 31 days to focus on raising your own awareness of the importance of active living right now. Then take action to become more active for the rest of your life.
The best way to become physically fit is to find an activity you enjoy doing and work it into your daily routine. During May, many organizations, bases, communities and schools are joining with the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) to challenge Americans to get active and move more.
Americans of all ages can reap significant health benefits simply by incorporating more movement into their daily lives. Adults need at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week; children need at least 60 minutes of daily active play. Add the simple 30 or 60 formula to your life and to your children’s schedules and you’ll substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, obesity, osteoporosis, anxiety, and depression – not to mention lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
Try these simple ideas:
- Adults: Choose to bike or walk instead of driving whenever possible; take the stairs instead of elevators; do housework and home repair projects yourself
- Children: Run, climb, jump, throw and play – away from desks, TVs and computer games.
Add Everyday Activities
Simple everyday tasks can become movement opportunities: Cleaning the house, walking the dog, raking, ironing and window cleaning. Break up the time into shorter increments to get the 30 minutes or an hour you need.
Tee up More Sports
Sports are a fun and social way to boost the amount of physical activity in your life. Individual activities like biking, running, swimming, or hiking make exercising toward a goal more enjoyable, and competitive teams provide the structure of a training and game schedule.
If you don’t know what you’re good at, or what a child might like, try a few different things. Just research age-specific leagues and go to a few games before you decide. Remember, it’s OK to change activities if it doesn’t feel right. The point is to pick something they’ll enjoy and you all have time for.
Turn May into Will
However you choose to get more active during the month of May, make this the month of determination. Then keep up that active healthy habit all year long.
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