National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that nearly eighty percent of adults and seventy-five percent of adolescents do not get the daily recommended amount of physical activity.
Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:
- Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health.
- 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).
Just as you might track the number of books read, hours spent reading, or time spent on other academic pursuits, why not challenge yourself to track your physical activity, and increase your numbers each week over the course of the month?