Physical activity is often not a part of our daily lives, which was not the case for many of our grandparents and great-grandparents. Sitting at a desk all day, driving to work, watching television, or being on the computer can take up most of the day. It can be hard to fit in ways to be active on a regular basis.
Our bodies are made to move. Large periods of time without regular physical activity may lead to weight gain, but is also linked to chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, joint problems, and diabetes among others.
Being surrounded by screens of all sorts from TVs, computers, and smart phones, it is easy to overlook how much fun physical activity can be. Sledding, playing Frisbee, going to a playground and other activities are great ways to spend time with family and friends. In addition to building healthier bodies, we are building good memories and serving as role models for the young ones in our lives.
Activities that you enjoy can be good ways to be active. Finding ways to make these activities add up to 30 to 60 minutes in your day can help build strength and fitness, as well as reduce stress and improve sleep. Some people find that pedometers or wireless activity trackers help with reaching goals such as walking 10,000 steps a day.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Walking your dog
- Walking with friends
- Riding a bike
Sledding, playing Frisbee, going to a playground and other activities
are great ways to spend time with family and friends.
Hit Local Trails
The Montour Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational rail-trail that will ultimately extend 46 miles from Coraopolis to Clairton. (New sections are being added each year.)
Running for nearly 37 miles alongside the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers, Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a public route for cyclists, walkers, runners and in some places rollerbladers.