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May Is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. We all need to be physically active, but our children especially need to establish healthy lifestyles while they are young.

Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often start children on the path to health problems that were once confined to adults, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.   Childhood obesity can also lead to poor self-esteem and depression. More than a third of all children and adolescents are overweight, up from only 5% 30 years ago.

One of the best strategies to reduce childhood obesity is to improve the diet and exercise habits of your entire family. Treating and preventing childhood obesity helps protect the health of your child now and in the future.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:

  • Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and mowing grass with a push mower.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands or machines at the Y– at least 2 days a week.
  • Any activity is better than none. Start with small steps and work yourself up. Before you begin any new physical program it is good to talk to your doctor.

The YMCA offers something for everyone to celebrate this month! We have classes for children from 6 months and up, sports teams for adults and youth and a staff who can help provide orientations to our equipment and classes for adults, personal trainers who can help you meet your fitness goals and a variety of programs that are designed to accommodate any fitness level.  For more information, please contact Jen Fuller-Allen at jen@lexingtonymca.com or 249-2177.