- Many people live sedentary lives; in fact, 40% of adults in the United States do not participate in any leisure-time physical activity.
Less than 1/3 of adults engage in the recommended amounts of physical activity (at least 30 minutes most days).
Please read: The High Cost of Inactivity
YOU CAN ACTIVATE YOURSELF
- You don't need special skills or training to be physically active. Walking is a great way to be active.
- Physical activity should be initiated slowly, and the intensity should be increased gradually (e.g., start with a 10-minute walk three times a week and work your way up to 30 minutes of brisk walking or other form of moderate activity five times a week).
- Activities can be split into several short periods (e.g., 10 minutes 3 times a day) instead of one longer period (e.g., 30 minutes once a day).
- You should select activities that you ENJOY and can fit into your daily life.
- It may take time to incorporate more activity into your daily life. Don't get discouraged if at first you miss a day or two; just keep trying and do your best to make it a regular part of your life. You will soon realize how good it feels to be physically active and fit.
- Ask for support from friends and family; likewise, support the people in your life who are trying to be physically active.
- Many forms of physical activity can be social, allowing you to converse and spend time with family or friends or to develop new relationships.
Make fitness a priority…COMMIT TO IT.