Physical Activity: It’s Time to Get Moving!

June 22, 2010 by Kathy Nellor

Summer is here, and the nice weather brings new ways to get outside and get moving. Invite your friends and family to join you for a walk or ask for help with the gardening. You will all have fun spending time outside. Plus, getting more active will help you look and feel your best.

Even if you feel out of shape, you can find an outdoor activity that will work for you. Here are some tips to get you started.


  • Do aerobic activities, like walking fast or biking, to help control your blood pressure and weight. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity each week.
  • Try strengthening activities like sit-ups or heavy gardening to build your bones and muscles.


  • Start small. Try walking fast for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Then add more physical activity to your day.
  • Choose an activity you enjoy. Go for a hike or plan a family bike ride.

Visit the Guide to Understanding Physical Activity to get more ideas on adding physical activity to your life.

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