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Physical Fitness and Sports Month (May)
Warm weather is finally here, and it’s time to pack away sweaters and boots and break out the flip flops. It’s also a great time to have some fun outdoors. Whether you love to swim, hike or take walks, the WVU-Greater Morgantown Safe Community Initiative encourages you to stay fit and active as a part of Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
This May, the WVU-Greater Morgantown Safe Community Initiative offers a few tips as part of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge to help you work healthy habits into even the busiest schedule. Remember, it’s never too early to start thinking about how you can improve your health.
Find a fun way to exercise. Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. The approaching summer season provides lots of new options for exercise. Visit a local pool and commit to a few laps. Meet your neighbors for a friendly game at a community basketball or tennis court. A 20-minute walk or jog around the neighborhood will also get your heart pumping. Be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water.
Take advantage of summer sports leagues. Summer sports leagues are a great way to stay active and meet other health-conscious people. Most recreational centers and park sites offer short-term and long-term leagues in sports ranging from flag football to kayaking, to simply walking. Visit a local recreational center to learn more about finding a summer league in your area, or find a league in your area here: http://sportsvite.com/cities.
Stay consistent. Between family vacations and weekend trips to the beach, it can be easy to get off of your normal schedule in the summer. Maintaining your body’s health requires consistency. At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least three days a week is necessary for overall health, according to the American Heart Association.
Use these simple steps to start Physical Fitness and Sports Month strong and encourage your family and friends to join in! It’s always easier when you have someone to hold you accountable. Here at the WVU-Greater Morgantown Safe Community Initiative, we are working to improve the health and safety of Monongalia County, the City of Morgantown and West Virginia University all year long. As part of our mission statement, We exist to advance a healthy, safe environment for the people of the City of Morgantown, County of Monongalia, West Virginia University, the State of West Virginia and the global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge related to accident prevention and wellbeing.
We joined the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge, an initiative of the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties to improve community health nationwide. To learn more about our work or for more information on how you can get involved, visit http://www.safemorgantownwvu.org/ .