The sun is finally starting to shine and the weather is getting warmer – the perfect opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy some exercise outside! Whether you opt for a light or intense workout, spring time makes for prime working out weather because it is not too cold and not too hot. Participating in physical activity outside is also a free way to burn those winter calories off. Some benefits of physical activity include: controlling weight, strengthening bones and muscles, and even lowering your chances of cardio vascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

As a refresher, physical activity is “any movement of the body that works your and requires more energy than at rest,” (USDA). There are various forms of physical activity which include aerobic, muscle and bone strengthening, and balance and stretching. The amount of physical activity someone should do depends on many characteristics. Some characteristics include age, weight, and health status like pregnancy.

The USDA has provided guidelines for how much physical activity you should be getting depending on age:

  • Adults (18-64 years old)
    • At two hours and thirty minutes of moderate physical activity a week, or one hour and fifteen minutes of intense physical activity
  • Children and Adolescents (6-17 years old)
    • 60 minutes or more daily

Examples of exercise to help get your spring off to a happy healthy start include:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Bicycling
  • Gardening
  • Sports – baseball, swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, track
  • Lifting weights
  • Yoga

 

To read more visit USDA.org.

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