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Spring into Action: Time to Get Moving

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Still trying to get past those winter blues? Get outside, enjoy the Spring weather, and do something active! Regardless of age or fitness level it is important to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine.

Some people might say they cannot be active due to lack of time however, fitting in physical activity can be simple and easy. As little as 10 minutes of activity at a time can provide healthful benefits. Being physically active can limit conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and risk of stroke (Physical Activity, 2015). There are many types of physical activity; aerobic, muscle strengthening, bone strengthening, and balance and stretching.

To make exercise easy, fun and beneficial just mix and match:

  • take a 10 minute walk at lunch time
  • walk the dog
  • garden
  • lift weights
  • join an exercise group
  • practice yoga
  • jump rope
  • swim

Make being active a family affair. Strengthen family bonds and improve quality of life through a variety of outdoor activities that provide exercise and entertainment. Outdoor family fun activities include but are not limited to: walking, hiking, swimming, running, bicycling, kayaking, canoeing, and tree climbing. The body is able to convert sunshine into vitamins and when physically active the body releases good endorphins improving mood/outlook. Good for the mind and body, outdoor activities can also increase awareness of the environment, as well as, be easy on the budget.

Click here for more tips on how to increase physical activity at home, work and play. Make being active a part of your daily routine.

Still feeling like there are barriers keeping you from being active? Read more here on overcoming common barriers to physical activity.

Resource:

Physical Activity. (2015). http://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity/why.html

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Author: Ricki McWilliams - rickim@ufl.edu

Ricki McWilliams is the Family & Consumer Sciences Agent in Walton County, Florida.

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/2015/04/14/spring-into-action-time-to-get-moving/