Get Moving

If you made a New Year’s resolution to get—and stay—in shape in 2015, you are not alone. Approximately ¹/³ of US adults and 17% of children and adolescents ages 2–19 are obese. That’s why getting enough exercise and eating healthy foods are important. The government report, Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, recommends that adults get 30 minutes of physical activity and that children get 60 minutes of activity per day, at least five days a week.

It may sound tough to fit in that much exercise most days of the week, but it’s easier than you think. Try upping your heart rate during your usual daily activities. For instance, walk or bike to work instead of driving or taking the bus. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. If you’re new to exercise, start slowly and work your way up to the recommended amount of activity.

Get more fitness advice from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition: fitness.gov/be-active/ways-to-be-active.

Source: President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition