Austin Sports Medicine: National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

In conjunction with May’s National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, Austin sports medicine practice Medicine in Motion is challenging all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day for the month. Designated in 1983 by the President’s Council on Fitness, the annual health observation month was created to promote healthy lifestyles and improve quality of life for all Americans.

“Regular physical activity increases a person’s chances of living a longer, healthier life,” said Dr. Martha Pyron, Austin sports medicine doctor and owner of Medicine in Motion. “It also reduces the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and even some types of cancer. Yet nearly 80 percent of adult Americans don’t get the recommended amounts of exercise each week.”

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 raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least 2 days a week.

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