physical activity

Move More for Strong Hearts

Ever wonder why we use the term “cardio” when talking about exercise? Cardio is short for cardiovascular exercise, which we now call aerobic exercise or activity. We call it cardiovascular exercise because of how these types of activities affect cardiorespiratory fitness, which is how well your heart, lungs, and muscles function during activity. Having good… Read more »

Little Habits to Help You Eat Smart & Move More

Most New Year’s Resolutions are big, life-changing goals, but unfortunately, most people fail to get the results they are hoping for. While there is some evidence that making radical changes to your lifestyle can work, there is also evidence that making small changes can be beneficial, too. And small changes are less intimidating and give… Read more »

Moving More With Less Daylight

Are you still getting used to the time change? It’s nice to have the sun shining in the morning, but it’s rough to get home after dark each evening. If you’re used to taking a walk in the evenings as a way to be active, it just got harder to commit to maintaining that habit… Read more »

Step It Up Walk-tober

Walking is one of the best ways to move more. You don’t need special equipment to walk, just a comfortable pair of shoes. You’ve been practicing walking since you were a toddler, although a few pointers on form can always help. You can walk almost anywhere (even indoors!), although parks, greenways, and sidewalks are more… Read more »

Move More in a Park

Did you know that living near a park is linked to being more active? Parks are great places to move more and enjoy the outdoors. You can find family-friendly activities at all types of parks – the neighborhood playground, the local rec sports field, a large urban parks and recreation facility, state and national parks,… Read more »

Spring into Fitness

We are starting to emerge from the cold, dark winter weather. As the weather warms up and all the plants are getting greener, it’s the perfect time to think about how you’ll emerge from winter hibernation on the couch. Research has found that most people are more active during spring and summer than late fall… Read more »

Reducing Screen Time

If your family is like most Americans, you and your children spend a lot of time looking at screens – watching TV to unwind, checking social media, using a computer at work, playing video games, etc. In fact, most people spend 7-11 hours a day viewing various screens. Some of those activities are necessary, like… Read more »

Spring Sports Help Families Move More

Spring is officially here and the grass is getting greener every day. This time of year is also when many kids across the state will lace up cleats and grab a glove as baseball, softball, and soccer seasons start up. Participating in sports helps kids develop important life skills, like teamwork, self-discipline, and goal-setting. And… Read more »

Cardio for Healthy Hearts

Physical activity is an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. When you move your body, your heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to fuel active muscles. This helps increase your heart’s strength and endurance. A stronger and fitter heart is more efficient and healthy, which can reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. The slang term… Read more »

 

Lifestyle Physical Activity – How to Move More In Everyday Life

For most people, being physically active brings up ideas of lifting weights at a gym, going for a jog, or following along with an exercise video. Those of course are physical activities and are important for good health. However, limiting our idea of moving more to just structured exercise makes it easy to overlook other… Read more »