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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Even though May is almost over, it's not too late to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Here's an article from teh Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center:

As we say farewell to winter months and frigid temperatures, many of us are anticipating warm weather to help us get out and become more active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is celebrated during the month of May. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, adults 18 and older need 30 minutes of physical activity on five or more days a week to be healthy; children and teens need 60 minutes of activity a day for their health. Often we don't consider the activities intertwined into our daily routine as physical activity, but brisk walking or a short bicycle ride can fulfill the daily physical fitness requirements. Here are a few tips to integrate physical activity into your normal routine.
  • Add more steps into your day by taking the stairs or parking further away.
  • Walk or bike one daily trip for which you'd normally drive the car.
  • Get a walking buddy or take a family walk after dinner.
  • Walk a child to school or participate in a Walk to School Day
  • Walk through your neighborhood and rate its "walkability."
  • Take walking meetings at work.
  • Keep a daily activity log. Estimate the mileage you walked or the minutes you spent doing something active.
  • Buy a pedometer and consider wearing it all day long.
  • Form a walking group with a regular schedule. There is encouragement in number.
Even beyond the month of May, remember how bicycling and walking can fit into your everyday routine.

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