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July is Physical Activity Month! Scientists are now convinced the single best thing we can do for our health is to be physically active on a regular basis. Notice we didn’t say exercise…For some people exercise is a “dirty word” wrapped with negative connotations and a chore to be avoided at all costs. Yet the benefits to your health and happiness can never be understated. For the next 30 days we’ll provide you with different types of physical activity you can enjoy.
Remember too, for people with diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes, regular physical activity is crucial for long term health. So it’s especially important to figure out HOW to incorporate regular physical activity into your daily routine.
Like most people, you probably think your family gets plenty of physical activity.Yet, parents routinely overestimate the amount of physical activity kids are getting. Use this Physical Activity Log to get a baseline so you can track improvements over time.
Be sure to stay safe in the water by always swimming with a buddy.
Don’t forget your waterproof sunscreen either!
There are plenty of waterways that can be navigated in a human propelled water craft that will still keep you cool. We’re talking about paddling or rowing in a kayak, canoe or rowboat but you could also sail too.
Consider taking a lazy trip down a river in a canoe.Or rafting or kayaking local white water. Take a leisurely sail or rowboat trip on a local lake. Or throw your pole in the water for some fishing on this hot weekend.
You can do an Internet search for canoe liveries or rafting outfitters for locations in your area.
The 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year and many of us will have the opportunity to squeeze in a short weekend full of 4th of July fun. Hopefully, you will use the time to get outdoors with your family and experience some fun together.
Start with a 4th of July scavenger hunt. It’s a great way to explore the outdoors, spend time with family and friends, and get in a little exercise at the same time.
Whether you visit a city, county, state or national park; the beach; a local river or the local playground – it’s an opportunity to get more in touch with the world around you. Here is a Nature Scavenger Hunt Checklist. To celebrate the 4th of July, be sure to add items that are red, white and blue! Follow it up with a healthy picnic or barbecue and some fireworks!
Take the stairs at every opportunity. Instead of taking the elevator, commit to taking the first two flights (or more) by stairs. Instead of walking into a building using the gradually sloping walkway, use the stairs.
This is a super easy way to add more physical activity to your daily routine. The bonus is you don’t have to spend time on those Stair Masters at the gym!
Here are some tips to add more to your stair climbing:
- Stop at the top, while holding onto the handrail, place your toes at the edge of the steps and lower your heels. This is a great stretching exercise.
- Try them double time
It’s also easy and inexpensive and you can do it just about anywhere. Learn the ups and downs.
Dancing is a great way for people of all ages to get and stay in shape. Experts agree that dancing is a true sport and a valid form of exercise. Dancing uses, virtually, all of your body’s muscles: feet, calves, thighs, upper and lower back, abdominals, shoulders, neck and even arms get a workout while dancing.
Dance is a full body workout that burns calories and helps cardiovascular conditioning by lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol. It can also help strengthen bones and improve posture.
Dancing reduces stress and is just plain fun. Ever watch people on the dance floor? They are always smiling.
You can dance alone, with a partner or in a group. Whether you dance at home, a local nightclub or take a class, tonight’s the night to shake your tail feathers! Read more about dance.
Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on children’s psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration.
So this weekend explore the outdoors with your family. Here are some ideas for your family to get outdoors!
Hiking is an outdoor activity which consists of walking over natural terrain in mountainous or other scenic areas. In the United States, hiking refers to walking outdoors on a trail for recreational purposes. A day hike refers to a hike that can be completed in a single day – not requiring an overnight camp. If the trail is paved, it’s a walk not a hike.
Looking for a special place to walk? Here’s a few links: Traildino – largest database of trails in the world by continent, country and region. Trailink – has information on more than 30,000 miles of bike trails, walking trails, equestrian trails, and hiking and running trails, including interactive trail maps, trail descriptions, pictures and more.
Here’s some more information to get you started on the right hiking path and some other hiking and trail resources.