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Life Saving Summer

Warmer weather means that summer is right around the corner. Getting your children outside to run and play is probably on your mind, but have you ever thought about getting outside yourself?

According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition1, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, adults should get 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.

Why Should I Care?

Current research shows that most american adults do not achieve their weekly activity recommendations. This should be a concern because when we sit too long or sit too much we are at a higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, colon and lung cancer, and earlier death. Moving saves lives!

According to the American Heart Association1, being physically active has been linked to the following:

  • Lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer’s, several types of cancer, and some complications of pregnancy

  • Better sleep, including improvements in insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea

  • Improved cognition, including memory, attention and processing speed

  • Less weight gain, obesity and related chronic health conditions

  • Better bone health and balance, with less risk of injury from falls

  • Fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety

  • Better quality of life and sense of overall well-being