We should all be physically active.
That’s no secret, right?
But what you may not be aware of are the non-physical benefits of physical fitness.
Don’t get us wrong: there are plenty of physical benefits, too!
Physical activity helps you prevent many chronic diseases. Think heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers, and more. It can help you maintain a healthy weight. It improves cardiovascular and respiratory fitness.
Physical fitness even helps with digestion and improves bone density!
And that’s not all.
Physical activity helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It helps improve your mood. It even helps maintain brain function in older adults.
In other words, there is every great reason for you to focus on your physical fitness—and guess what? May just happens to be National Physical Fitness Month.
So how to get started? Good news: it’s easy!
How to Celebrate Physical Fitness Month
- Does your employer participate in a sports league? Sign up!
- Your employer doesn’t participate in a sports league? Invite some colleagues to join you in a sports league that you enjoy.
- Get the kids involved: make a date to do a fun activity with them a couple times a week. You can go walking on the beach or biking through your neighborhood, head to the park with your dog, or just go out in the yard and throw a ball around.
- Rediscover activities you used to enjoy—maybe Pilates or weight training. Search YouTube for videos to inspire and guide you back to a great fitness level.
- Invite a friend or neighbor (or a spouse or parent) to join you a couple of evenings a week for a springtime walk.
Whatever sounds appealing to you, that’s what you should try first. So what are you waiting for? Get up and get moving! Your mind and body will thank you!
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