Declared by Presidential Proclamation, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This month is the time to spread the word about the benefits of regular physical activity. Becoming active has benefits for people of all ages. You can make small changes like taking a walk after dinner. Some of the benefits include:
- Children & adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.
- Adults – Physical activity can lower risk for 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 judgment and learning).
Some key tips from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans are:
- Children & adolescents – Engage in 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity per day. Physical activity should include aerobic exercise, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening.
- Adults – Avoid inactivity. For substantial health benefits, participate in at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) per week of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) of a vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities a minimum of 2 days
- Older Adults – Be physically active for 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or as physically active as abilities and conditions allow.
If you are interested in learning more about physical fitness or eating healthy, stop by the 1st floor of the VC/UHV Library and check out our book display. We are highlighting items from our collection to promote National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Some titles include:
- Mayo Clinic Fitness for Everybody
- Walking: A Complete Guide to the Complete Exercise
- Low-Calorie Cookbook: More than 200 Delicious Recipes for Healthy Eating
- 100 Questions & Answers about Managing Your Cholesterol
- Diabetes & Heart: Healthy Cookbook
Also, you can find out more from these government resources:
- Get Active
- Eat Healthy
- Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight
- Watch Your Weight
- President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
- Women’s Health – Fitness and Nutrition
- Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
- Let’s Move: America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids
- Tai Chi