After a long, cold winter, it’s certainly great to enjoy Spring weather once again. Appropriately, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, which is a great way to motivate you and your family to get outside and be more active.
Benefits of Physical Activity
Regular physical activity is very important for a person’s health, but sometimes regular exercise can feel like a chore. Just like how you need to maintain your house, it’s imperative to keep your body in shape to help you live a happier and healthier life.
For children, regular physical activity can improve muscular fitness and help ensure heart and bone health while kids continue to develop. Exercise can lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer in adults. As for seniors, physical activity can improve cognitive functions and lower the risk of potential injuries from falls.
Staying Fit While Having Fun
Exercise isn’t all work and no play. In fact, play is encouraged! Outdoor activities are a great way to make exercise fun, regardless of a person’s age.
Sports are a great way to keep fit, from a child playing on a soccer team to an adult participating in a softball league after work. Even small changes like going out for a walk or taking a bike ride with your family make for enjoyable ways to stay in shape.
Check out this blog post for more fun ideas for kids and seniors to get active.
Outdoor activities aren’t all just fun and games, unfortunately. When playing sports or performing other physical activities, there is always a chance of injury. Make sure to take the following precautions suggested by the American Academy of Pediatrics to stay pain free.
- Wear sport-appropriate gear to help protect your body.
- Increase flexibility by doing stretches before and after outdoor activities.
- Take breaks, as rest periods during practice and games can reduce injuries and prevent heat illness.
- Stop the activity if you feel pain.
Keep Fit With Westshore
Staying fit can not only keep you healthy, it can be a lot of fun, too. Remember, you should talk to a physician before starting any new exercise routine, so get in touch if you’re due for a routine physical and we’ll help you set up an appointment.
Aubrey Shearn, CNP
DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.