May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
May is a great time to get moving.
Physical activity is key to maintaining or improving your health and well-being. Getting active can improve your fitness but has many health-related benefits. For example, being active can reduce your risk for many chronic diseases and some types of cancers. Exercise can also help reduce stress, improve your mood, and strengthen your bones and muscles.
You don’t have to join a gym or have special equipment to get active. Instead, get your family or friends involved and go on a walk. Many areas in the country have parks and trails, or you can walk around your neighborhood. The key to an active, healthier lifestyle is consistency. No matter what you do, ensure you keep doing it, and while you’re at it, eat healthier and make better choices each day. The simplest things are the hardest to do. But this is the key to leading a happy and healthy life.
If you’re new to exercise, this month is a great time to get started. However, check with your healthcare provider first if you have health conditions. Being active is a crucial part of maintaining good health and wellness.
Visit https://health.gov/moveyourway for more information on The Move Your Way program. It has interactive tools, videos, and fact sheets with tips that make getting more active easier. And remember, small changes can make a big difference over time.