May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a time to learn about living a healthier life through increased physical activity.
Physical activity is one the best things people can do to better their health. Active people generally live longer and are at less risk for serious health problems.
About half of American adults live with at least one preventable chronic disease, statistics show.
Seven of the 10 most common chronic diseases can be helped with regular physical activity, yet almost 80 percent of adults don’t move enough.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity aerobic activity for adults, with two or more days a week of muscle-strengthening activities.
Older adults should also add balance training to help prevent falls.
Children ages 6-17 years should get at least 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity a day.
Here are some ideas to stay active:
• Make family time active with a game or sport.
• Go outside for a walk or ride a bike. Mow the lawn, garden or catch up on household chores.
• Take breaks to move and stretch at regular intervals.
Remember to move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none.
This information does not constitute medical advice. Individuals should consult a health care professional.