May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Designated by the President’s Council on Fitness, it’s been celebrated since 1983. The goal, then and now, is to promote healthy lifestyles and quality of life for all Americans.
Life is all about choices.
When we make a choice to be physically active, it’s a positive life-affirming move. Consider the benefits:
Here are a few thought-provoking statistics:
To get moving, make small changes in your daily habits:
How much activity is needed? To see results, adults should participate in 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise plus two sessions of strength training each week. It is preferable to break this into smaller chunks of time, as little as 20 minutes a session.
All kinds of physical activity count! The point is we must get off the couch and move.
For some, physical activity is about chores like cleaning the house, washing the car, and doing yard maintenance. A game of pickup basketball, taking a Zumba or Jazzercise class, or joining a beach volleyball game offers a triple benefit -- having fun, connecting with others, and improving health.
It’s best to combine and practice various types of physical exercise:
Studies show activities we favor change with age and ability. Those aged 15 to 24 like team sports. From age 25 to 54, yoga, running, and hiking is favored. After 55, most adults choose to golf or walk for exercise.
Overall, 30 percent of all adults choose walking for exercise followed by weightlifting, using cardiovascular equipment and running. Bowling, swimming, surfing and water skiing are other favorite gender-neutral activities. Men like active sports like football, basketball, golf, and soccer while women elect yoga and aerobics for fitness.
Stay physically active and benefit from more energy, productivity, and good health. Your body will thank you!
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