With May comes National Physical Fitness and Sports month, a month dedicated to inspiring people to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. Since 1983 many communities, schools, and organizations have banded together with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (PCFSN) to challenge Americans to use the month of may to get fit, get active, and eat well. The emphasis that this month puts on health and fitness sets a tone for the rest of the year and, to some, the rest of their lives.
Physical fitness is crucial in living a long healthy life and can help improve energy levels and moods, reduce stress, and maintain strong joints and bones. It can also prevent things such as depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. Long term exercise has many health benefits and PCFSN encourages everyone to include physical activity into their daily routine. They recommend that adults get at least thirty minutes every day and that children get a minimum of sixty.
To become a part of Physical Fitness and Sports month this year you can become involved in community activities or even host your own. You can encourage friends, family, and members of your community to get out and get more active to improve their quality of life. With obesity affecting two in every three adults in the United States in the year of 2015, it is crucial to start taking charge of your own health and well-being by becoming a more active, healthier version of yourself.