GUEST BLOGGER: MELANIE JEWKES, Extension Associate Professor and Mom of 4
Most of us know that being physically active is good for our health. It is recommended by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion to be active 150-300 minutes a week (that’s about 22 – 43 minutes a day). Yet each year many of us make New Year’s Resolutions to get or stay active, and unfortunately most resolutions drop off our radar, despite the best of intentions. Perhaps we let go of exercise goals because of the cost of gym memberships or we grow tired of mundane activities.
It’s the first week of Spring, and the perfect time to make some realistic goals to become or stay active. While weather is improving, we’re not out of the cold yet. Cold, windy and rainy days will be interspersed among sunny, warmer days. Here are 4 budget-friendly ideas to spice up your workout routine and to get or remain active during these sometimes-sluggish Spring days.
There are many ways to be active with your family—and many of them don’t need to cost a lot of money or take too much time. Recognize and teach your children that being physically active does a lot more than help you lose or maintain weight and prevent chronic disease. Exercise helps you sleep better, feel better by reducing risk of clinical depression and depressive and anxiety symptoms, improves perceived quality of life, and helps us function better by giving us more energy and less fatigue. (see here: for more information on physical activity guidelines and health benefits). For more ideas on ways you and your family can stay active in your area around the state, check out CreateBetterHealth.usu.edu
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