National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
GHS is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day, and we want to see the evidence! Post a photo to your Facebook or Instagram page of yourself getting physical activity and include the hashtags #30aday and #greenvillehealthsystem, and you could win a Fitbit Zip wireless activity tracker! We’ll be giving them away to 10 lucky winners at the end of the month.
Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease and some types of cancer. Yet in South Carolina, less than 50% of adults get the recommended amount of physical activity.
Physical Activity Guidelines from health.gov recommend that adults …
- Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming and raking leaves.
- Do muscle-strengthening activities—like lifting weights or using exercise bands —at least two days a week.
- Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. Together, we can rise to the challenge and be more active during the month of May!
Types of Activity
Strength & Endurance
Physical Activity is for Everyone! Guidelines for exercise focus on two main types of activity: aerobic and muscle-strengthening. Each type has important health benefits.
Eat in. Dine out.
Yes, you can dine out without blowing your calorie budget! When dining at any restaurant, there are choices that can support your health goals. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions or modifications.