October Tip of the Month

Physical Activity: The U. S. government recommends at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity daily for children and teenagers. This activity does not need to take place all at once but can occur in several shorter bursts of 10 minutes or more throughout the day. Walking, running, climbing the stairs, playing soccer, swimming, dancing, and bike riding are all good examples of being active. To count, these activities have to increase your heart rate. The benefits of physical activity may include: 

  • Improves self-esteem and feelings of well-being  
  • Increases fitness level 
  • Helps build and maintain bones, muscles, and joints 
  • Builds endurance and muscle strength 
  • Enhances flexibility and posture 
  • Helps manage weight 
  • Lowers risk of heart disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes 
  • Helps control blood pressure 
  • Reduces feelings of depression and anxiety 

Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Keep it interesting by trying something different on alternate days. What’s important is to be active most days of the week and make it part of your daily routine.