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Be Active

Physical activity is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Getting active is easier than you may think. Find ways to add in or mix up daily activity and discover a healthier you.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Throughout the month, the President’s Council highlights health and fitness-related observances celebrated in May and provide tips, messages, and motivational content on how to get active and stay active.

Learn how to #MoveInMay for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Importance of Physical Activity

Everyone can benefit from being active - from improving sleep to preventing chronic disease, like heart disease or cancer. Getting kids active at a young age sets kids off on a path to a healthy life, but it’s never too late to be physically active.

Learn more about why being physically active matters.

Ways to Be Active

Just 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes for children. Sound daunting? Set easy activity goals to improve your physical fitness.

Check out some easy ways to incorporate physical activity into your daily life.

Sport For All Initiative

The Sport for All initiative strives to educate all Americans on the benefits associated with sport participation.

Find out how participating in a sport can benefit your health.

Physical Activity Initiative

The Physical Activity Initiative is a public service campaign highlighting the physical and cognitive benefits of regular activity for youth.

Discover ways to motivate kids to be more physically active.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

The Department of Health and Human Services issued the federal government's first-ever Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in 2008 to help Americans understand the types and amounts of physical activity that offer important health benefits.

Learn how much and what type of activity is recommended for all Americans.

 

#FitTip

Schedule physical activity like you schedule appointments. Planning increases your success.

Take advantage of daily deal websites to save on your favorite workout classes/memberships.

Add variety to water with refreshing additions such as lemons, limes, and/or strawberries.

Having fun while active is the key! Find activities that you enjoy & include friends/family.

If you haven't been active in a while, start small & build up. Some is better than none!

Use commercials for activity breaks. Squats and stretches are quick, excellent choices.

Skip adding salt when cooking; instead use herbs and spices to add flavor.

Teach kids the difference between everyday snacks (fruits/veggies) & occasional sweet treats.

Lettcue, whole tomatoes, red onion, and whole yellow pepper sitting together on a light colored cutting board
Mix veggies into your go-to dishes. Try spinach with pasta or peppers in tacos.

Come together as a family for meals. Spend time with the kids while modeling healthy eating.

Fitness is free—No equipment needed to walk, dance, hike & play. Just get moving & have fun!

Don't stress over a missed workout or sweet treat. Refocus and make the next choice healthy.

Pack your workout clothes at night before bed. You'll be prepared to be active the next day.

Find small activities to add to your work day like a lunch time walk or using the stairs.

Replace a coffee break with an outdoor walk—or take the coffee with you on your walk.

Your health journey is uniquely yours. Don’t compare—strive to be your best self & enjoy!
The fastest way to living healthy starts right now

Explore ways you can enjoy living a healthy and active life.

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Content created by President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
Content last reviewed on April 28, 2017
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