Monday, May 12, 2014

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

With the weather finally starting to get nicer, it is the perfect time to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports month! It is very easy to get into routines that do not incorporate enough physical activity, and get stuck in a physically unfit state. Some only acknowledge the importance of physical activity when it comes to weight, but there is a lot more to it. In people of all ages, regular physical activity is good for your heart and can lower the risk of heart disease. In addition, it lowers the risk of type two diabetes and certain types of cancer. In elderly adults, exercise keeps the body strong and lowers the risk of falls while improving cognitive function. In children, it is important develop strong muscles and get a healthy start early in life!

Just because you don't have a lot of time to delicate to a workout routine, do not be discouraged. A little can go a long way and is always better than nothing! Find easy ways to take small periods out the of day to exercise and incorporate more physical activity into everyday events. For example:

  • Park your car further from a store even if there closer spots.  
  • Replace some chairs with exercise balls for a fun twist that encourages movement. 
  • Ride a bike to places close to your home instead of driving. 
  • Make kids put down the electronics and go out to play! 
Make this May the month you incorporate more to your exercise regimen, or try something new. If you have the time, consider adding a longer routine to your schedule at least a few times a week. Not only will you have fun, but your body will thank you!