1 Hour of Physical Activity
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1 hour of moderate physical activity each day - such as walking, dancing or hiking - or 20 minutes of vigorous activity at least 3 times per week. Our bodies are made for motion, and we're at the top of our game when we get in gear!
Did You Know?
- If you are sedentary, you're setting yourself up for trouble - high blood pressure, poor circulation, digestive issues, stress, and the blues, not to mention a myriad of illnesses that can shorten your lifespan.
- It's never too late to become an athlete! Studies have shown that 90-year-olds who previously were unfit and began to lift weights improved their cardiovascular health and built muscle mass in relatively short periods of time. You can greatly increase your odds of making it to 90, happily and in good health, by finding a form of physical fitness you enjoy and making it part of your weekly regimen.
- The pay-off for becoming fit is huge. Not only are you rewarded more energy and increased strength and flexibility - you also enhance your heart health and brain function.
- The "fit you" looks better, and feels happier. Your metabolism gets a boost, enabling you to eat more and optimize your weight.
- An added bonus: exercising regularly makes you hungry for healthy foods and drinks. High-calorie junk food loses its appeal.
Henry Ford Helpful Tips For Increasing Physical Activity
- Consider the fun factor. Instead of viewing exercise as an obligation, look at it as an opportunity to enjoy time with family, friends or neighbors.
- Gather the family for an after-dinner bike ride or walk around the block. Jog with your dog. Reconnect while burning up dessert calories.
- Join a health club or enroll in a fitness class. If you lack time and resources, no worries. Work out at home with Zumba, yoga or stretching DVD's, videos or books checked out from your local library.
- Sign the family up for a short road race or fun run a few months in advance. It will motivate you to walk and jog till you're in shape to go the distance. The race will be a memory-making day for all of you.
Print off your very own 5-2-1-0 Tracker and start monitoring daily activity and nutrition! This tracker helps kids and families eat healthy and be active.