What a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active! In honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, during the month of May, I challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet nearly 80% of adults do not get the recommended amount of physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.

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).

Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May!