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Staying Active in the Spring and Summer

May 2021

Karen Ensle Ed.D., RD, FADA, CFCS
Family & Community Health Sciences Educator
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County

Here comes Summer! The long awaited warmer temperatures are on their way! The winter season is a challenging time to stay active, with colder temperatures, slippery conditions, and a lack of daylight hours. Staying physically active is one of the best ways to improve your mental and physical health and keep yourself on track to reach your fitness goals. Physical activity can help you sleep better and reduce anxiety. Regular physical activity also helps you to improve your balance, lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and many kinds of cancer. Keeping active helps to strengthen bones and muscles, lower blood pressure, maintain or lose weight, and keep your mind sharp as you get older. Emerging research also suggests physical activity may help boost your immune function.

According to CDC, experts recommend adults get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity physical activity. Many activities count, such as walking, running, or wheelchair rolling. You can break that up into smaller chunks of time or spread your activity out during the week. Try 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. It all counts. Get started today these tips to stay active as the days get warmer: