Quick Tips: Stay Active This Summer
With summer approaching, many of us think about getting into shape. Being physically active not only helps people look good, it can also make them feel good and improve their health! There are many benefits to being physical active including:
- Helps control weight. Strong scientific evidence shows that physical activity can help maintain weight over time.
- Improves mental health. Aerobic exercises, such as jogging, swimming, cycling, walking, gardening and dancing, have been proved to reduce anxiety and depression.
- Lowers the risk for early death. A recent study found that even light or moderately intense physical activity, such as walking or cycling, can substantially reduce the risk of early death. The study combined the results from the largest studies around the world on the health impact of light and moderately intense physical activity. Although more activity is better, even the small amount of activity in the least active group of people provided substantial benefits.
- Reduces risk for chronic diseases. Staying active helps improve blood flow to prevent heart disease, increase insulin production and absorption to prevent type 2 diabetes and some cancers.
- Improves daily living for those with disabilities. Engaging in physical activity can help those with disabilities improve their ability to complete daily living activities and increase their independence!
Guidelines for Physical Activity
According to the physical guidelines for Americans, adults need at least two hours and thirty minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity (brisk walking) every week along with muscle building activities for the whole body two or more days a week. If adults participate in vigorous intensity aerobic activity such as jogging or running, the guidelines recommend one hour and fifteen minutes every week along with muscle building activities for the whole body two or more days a week.
Tip: It is not necessary to do the exercise all at once. Try splitting it up throughout the day, shooting for at least 10 min at a time!
Staying Physically Active Near Campus