May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!
This annual month-long recognition is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages and abilities to be more physically active. Whether you’re a fitness or sports enthusiast, or you’re new to exercising, this is the perfect time to kick-start your fitness journey and make positive changes towards a healthier lifestyle.
All month long, organizations that support this recognition, such as SHAPE America, Action for Healthy Kids and American Therapeutic Recreation Association, work to spread awareness about the health benefits of physical activity, and share educational and motivational content to help others get started.
Last year, the White House issued a statement to reignite the country’s commitment to staying active and encourage all Americans to participate in activities that help to improve their overall well-being. The statement explained that participating in fitness and sports activities aren’t only beneficial for the body, but for the mind as well.
Sometimes there are barriers that can affect physical activity, such as lack of available time, work and life commitments, and accessibility to resources. It’s important to find time in your schedule, no matter how busy, to stay physically active.
If you don’t know where to start, we suggest setting aside 10 to 15 minutes a day for physical activity. Your activity may include lifting weights or doing yoga or Pilates at home, dancing or going for a walk. Once it becomes a routine, try doubling the time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, which includes two days of muscle-strengthening activity.
Fitness and sports are more than just physical activities: they allow for healthier lifestyles. Lifestyle changes require dedication and discipline. Identifying obstacles such as not having enough time or accessibility to fitness resources can be the first step to overcoming those barriers. Staying consistent and organized with a fitness plan will keep you on track to making positive lifestyle changes.
Let’s commit this month to getting physically active and pushing past any obstacles or limiting beliefs. We can take small steps towards achieving our goals by setting aside time each day for physical activity.
So, let’s go outside and start making healthier decisions – this is the month to get active and stay active!
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Article written by William Graves.