How to Get Active During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
Any time is a good time to get active. But if you need extra inspiration, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition challenges adults to 30 minutes of physical activity each day during May.
It may seem like a daunting task to add a half hour of movement to your already busy day, but there are ways to be active that don’t require you to rearrange your schedule.
Walk more. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular brisk walking can help maintain weight and help prevent things like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. Find time to take 30-minute evening walks with family or friends.
Make your workplace active. Sitting at a desk all day is detrimental to your health. Get up frequently during the day and walk around the office or outside. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Consider having walking or standing meetings. Plenty of small changes at the office can translate into a healthier lifestyle.
Join a health club. The big rush at health clubs generally happens at the beginning of the year. Joining one in May means avoiding the busy months of January and February. Find a health club that’s close to home or on your route to and from work. The easier it is to get there, the more likely it is that you’ll go regularly and develop a workout routine.
Train for a 5K. The outdoor running season is in full swing. Find a race a couple of months away and follow a training schedule like this one. Working towards a goal serves as great motivation, and the running community offers outstanding camaraderie. Once you experience how fun and rewarding a 5K can be, there’s a good chance you’ll do it again.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more tips on how to stay active for people of all ages. Start moving in May and see if you can turn activity into a daily habit.