Blog 5/3/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to learn about the benefits of getting active.

Here are just a few benefits of physical activity by age group:

  • Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health.
  • Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).

Fitting physical activity into your daily schedule can make a significant difference in:

  • Reducing your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some cancers
  • Managing your weight and preventing obesity
  • Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Strengthening your muscles, bones, and joints
  • Helping you live longer

4 tips to get you moving

  • Make time for physical activity throughout your day. Consider taking:
  • The stairs instead of the elevator
  • A brisk walk at lunchtime
  • A hike instead of going to the movies
  • A yoga or boxing class at your local fitness center instead of playing video games or watching television

These small tips can make the choice of being physically fit easier and fun. Remember, small steps can make a big difference in your health. There is only one choice — physical fitness.


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