Celebrate National Physical Fitness Month!

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and we’re here to spread the word about the benefits of getting active! We all know that being active is important for our physical health, and can make us look and feel better about ourselves. So let’s dive a little deeper to why it does, and what small changes you can make to help improve your fitness.

Some of the obvious and well known benefits of improving your physical fitness include lowering risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases, strengthening your muscles and bones, and controlling your weight. Exercise can affect your quality of life, and even improve your chances of living longer.

Along with living longer, you’ll notice you will still be able to do many of the things you like to do as you age. Walking, bending over to get something, and other everyday tasks will be easier, and your balance, which declines as we age, will also benefit from regular exercise. Those who keep in shape benefit from reduced risk of falls as well as a lower risk of bone fractures thanks to stronger bones..

Physical activity has also been found to be connected to mental health benefits. Exercise releases the chemical endorphins, which create happy feelings and can combat depression and anxiety. Improving one’s physical fitness is also connected to preventing decline in cognitive function as we age, including improving our memory.

It really doesn’t take a lot of time each week to start to notice benefits. Doctors recommend you work your way up to 30 minutes of moderate activity a day, but you will want to start out with smaller goals and work towards everyday.

Simple things you can do to increase your physical activity include finding more ways to incorporate walking into your daily commute: maybe park a little further from your workplace, even if it’s inconvenient. Take the stairs instead of the elevator and carve out some time in your evening to go for a quick jog or bike ride through the park.

We know finding ways to increase your physical activity can be difficult, but the benefits are worth the effort! You’ll be amazed how much it will help your overall quality of life.