MyPlate.gov states to make physical activity a regular part of the day. Choose activities that you enjoy and can do regularly. Fitting activity into a daily routine can be easy — such as taking a brisk 10 minute walk to and from the parking lot, bus stop, or subway station. Or, join an exercise class. Keep it interesting by trying something different on alternate days. Every little bit adds up and doing something is better than doing nothing. Make sure to do at least 10 minutes of activity at a time, shorter bursts of activity will not have the same health benefits. For example, walking the dog for 10 minutes before and after work or adding a 10 minute walk at lunchtime can add to your weekly goal. Mix it up. Swim, take a yoga class, garden or lift weights. To be ready anytime, keep some comfortable clothes and a pair of walking or running shoes in the car and at the office.
We all know we are supposed to exercise often. But do we really? As youth, we tend to run just for fun or play sports. As people get older, their exercise level tends to drop. We all are guilty of spending more time inside and on electronic products like computers, gaming systems and phones. I know I am guilty - are you? So kids, it is your responsibility to develop healthy habits now and encourage your parents.
- Ask your parents to park at the far side of parking lots
- Purposely crisscross the grocery store to add mileage to your day
- Take the stairs when possible
- Just go for a walk - after dinner is a good time for the family. Those dishes can wait.
- Adults should get 2 hours of exercise per week
- Kids need up to 1 hour each day!
So get out there and walk, eat well and be healthy. Remember to check out www.myplate.gov for more information.
In the Spirit of Camp,
Join us for the Youth Empowerment / Ragger Retreat Dec 9-11, 2011