May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Time to get out and play!
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month—a great time to make daily physical activity, sports participation, and good nutrition a priority in our lives. Warmer weather brings more opportunities to get outside and be active!
About one-third of adults in the U.S. (33.8 percent) are obese, and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents (aged 2-19 years) are obese.1 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great opportunity to encourage physical activity and healthy eating habits, as well as engage, educate, and empower people of all ages to adopt a healthy lifestyle
When you are active, you burn calories that you store from eating throughout the day. It can be as easy as walking the dog or as rigorous as running a marathon. By incorporating physical activity into your daily life—30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children—and eating healthy foods, you will experience positive health benefits, such as:
- Preveneting chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke
- Controlling weight
- Improving sleep
- Decreasing potential of becoming depressed
- Increasing energy and self-esteem
- Relieving stress
It's never too early - or too late - to get active and improve your health. Providing opportunities for children to be active early in life puts them on a path to better physical and mental health. The more active you are, the better role model you will be for your children and other children in the community.
Here are some easy ways to be more active:
- Take a walk after dinner
- Wash the car
- Gather all the neighbors and start a pick-up game
- Go for a hike or a swim at your local park
- Do some yardwork