Tuesday, May 3, 2011

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month-National Health Observances: healthfinder.gov - Your Source for Reliable Health Information

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Sponsor: President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition

National Physical Fitness and Sports MonthNational Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to promote the benefits of physical activity.

Getting active increases your chances of living longer and can help you:

  • Control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight.
  • Raise your "good" cholesterol.
  • Prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Here are some tips to help you get active:

  • Aim for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity a week. This includes things like walking fast, dancing, or biking.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. Be sure to strengthen all major muscle groups including the legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms.

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