Serving the Community Since 1956

Serving the Community Since 1956

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Get Active!

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and a great time to encourage people of all ages to GET ACTIVE!

Regular physical activity is good for your health.  People of all ages and body types should try to include physical activity in their week. Just 2.5 hours of activity each week can add over 3 years to your life!

In children, physical activity can improve muscular fitness and bone and heart health.

For adults, activity can reduce the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.

Physical activity in older adults can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive function.

Mayers Memorial Hospital District is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
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.
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!

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