Physical activity simply means movement of the body that uses energy. Walking, garden-ing, briskly pushing a baby stroller, climbing the stairs, playing soccer, or dancing the night away are all good examples of being active (getting physical). For health bene-fits, physical activity should be moderate or vigorous in intensity.
Regular physical activity is good for all ages and body types. Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:
- Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health.
- Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
- Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (learning and judgment skills).
Even with the benefits of physical activity, only 20% of Georgians are getting the recommended amount of physical activity…
- 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
- Muscle-strengthening activities – lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least two days a week.
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and the Health Ministry is challeng-ing all FBBC teens and adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day (or as many days as possible, weekly). Here are some suggestions to help you meet the challenge:
Every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Willie L. Reid Multi-purpose Building
Physical Activity for Kids
Tuesday and Thursday after Tutoring
4p.m.-7p.m. in the FBBC Gym
There are several walking trails in Warner Robins and Macon. Take a friend along, make it a meet & greet, and catch up time. There are many gyms in the Middle Georgia area, team up with a partner or kids.
As you prepare to get physical, whatever activity you choose to do, make it fit you. We would like to hear from you about your physical activity because it could motivate someone else to start, or join you. Share your activity on Facebook, or Twitter, and #FBBCGetActive.
Written by Lavella Head