Be active, and your kids will too!
By Kylee Brown
WBR Extension Office
Physical activity is one of the most important factors in your family’s health. It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes per week of physically activity and kids need at least 60 minutes every day. Most people think physical activity means exercise and that a gym membership is required to get fit. Exercise is only one form of physical activity. Exercise is planned, structured, and done to improve physical fitness, like doing sit-ups, jogging, or weight-lifting. Physical activity just means being active: moving your body in a way that uses energy and raises your heart rate. It’s a part of your daily life like walking briskly, gardening, climbing the stairs, or even mopping the floor while dancing. Neither exercise nor physical activity requires special equipment or a gym membership, but both, when done regularly, can improve the quality of life for you and your family. People of all shapes, sizes, and capabilities can benefit their health by being more active. Be a role model for those around you and get active every day.
Being active can help you and your family:
- Maintain or reach a healthy weight
- Reduce the risks of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other chronic illnesses
- Lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels.
- Strengthen bones and muscles
- Improve mental health and mood
- Progress through daily routines more easily
- Increase the chances of living longer.
- Sleep better at night.
- Feel better about yourself.
- And much more!
Physical activity does not have to be a strenuous chore. Be creative in finding new ways to make physical activity fun for the whole family!
For more information on nutrition and health contact Kylee Brown, Area Nutrition Agent with the LSU AgCenter at 225-336-2416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.