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Easy Ways to Build Activity into Your Daily Life

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, when Americans are encouraged to integrate physical fitness and activities into their daily lives and regular routines.

It is recommended that children and teens get an hour of physical activity each day and adults get at least 30 minutes— a feat that’s not always easy in today’s age of video games and online social networking.

Physical activity is increasingly important since one in every three children in the United States is obese. Obesity has also doubled among adults since the early 1970’s.

Integrating activity into your life doesn’t mean you have to go out and train for a marathon, and it doesn’t require a pricey gym membership, so no need to be intimidated!

It can be as simple as committing to taking a walk each night after dinner, or opting to bike to work instead of driving. You can also integrate fitness into your stationery activities. Try leaving a list of quick exercises (like jumping jacks) next to your remote that you can do during commercial breaks of TV shows. Every little bit counts!

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From the White House:

The First Lady and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Kaepernicking for Let’s Move! Active Schools.

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From the White House:

The First Lady and 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Kaepernicking for Let’s Move! Active Schools.

While hundreds of Olympic athletes are representing America in the 2012 Olympics in London this summer, the White House is sponsoring a “Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day Meetup” all across America.

On Saturday, July 28th, the first day of the summer Olympics, communities across the country will participate in Olympic-inspired games and activities that promote the 2012 events as well as get people active. The Lets Move! campaign wants to help get Americans moving and having fun in honor of the Olympics kick off.

Learn more about the Let’s Move! Olympic Fun Day Meetup.

Get Moving During National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

As the weather gets nicer in May, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors to celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Spend some time this month enjoying the warmer weather while sneaking in extra physical activity. 

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring. You can play games with your family like wiffle ball, tag and capture the flag. Go to a local park or use your backyard to run around with your kids. Before you know it, you’ll have met the daily guidelines of 60 minutes of movement for kids and 30 minutes for adults.

Take the President’s Fitness Challenge. Start with the physical fitness test to see how you stack up against other people your age. Based on your scores you can earn awards in different categories.

Look to your state tourism office or your local department of parks and recreation to learn about active events going on in your area. You may be able to find sports teams for your children to play on or adult recreational leagues for yourself.

No one wants to get hurt and have to spend time on the sidelines. But if you do end up with an injury, learn the best at-home treatments and when you should call in the professionals. You’ll also find tips on how to prevent more injuries in the future.

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