National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This year, the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports challenges Americans to get moving for health, and to get active and fit in May.
Fitting exercise into a hectic schedule can be tricky. To make it easier, Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett suggests short bursts of activity. Dedicating just ten or 15 minutes to fitness throughout the day, totaling 30-60 minutes, has significant health benefits.
Bike or walk instead of driving, take stairs instead of elevators, go for a walk instead of a coffee break, park the car further away from the office or shopping mall, sweep the floor instead of vacuuming, or push a lawnmower instead of riding one. Children need to run, climb, jump, and just get up and move around, away from their desks, the television and computer games.
The Ultimate Magic Pill
“Americans of all ages need to incorporate more movement into their daily lives,” says Melissa Johnson, executive director of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. “If there were a medication that conferred all of the health benefits of regular moderate physical activity, every doctor would prescribe it. Physical activity is the ultimate magic pill.”
Fitting in Fitness
Twenty minutes of vigorous physical activity three times a week, such as sports, aerobics, working out in the gym, and running, have added health benefits. Johnson says, “But it’s important to understand that you don’t need to sweat in a gym or run a marathon to reap the health benefits of daily physical activity.”
Teaching children that physical activity can be fun is important to ensure a happy, healthy life. People with disabilities need to be active, too. Older adults benefit from being physically active because it prevents depression, falls, and improves their ability to carry out the activities of daily living.
No matter what your age, get active and celebrate National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Take the family on a hike or an after dinner stroll. Everyone will benefit from a breath of fresh air.
Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. She has advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.
The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.