The Oneida County Health Department is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Over the next 30 days, all adults are challenged to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet according to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, “less than 20% of American adults meet the 30-minutes of recommended activity each day,” and from 2008 to 2010, in Oneida County, over 20% of individuals reported not doing any sort of physical activity.
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 and using exercises 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. Take advantage of some of the active local activities this season by searching your area on www.active.com.
Together, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May!