When you think of physical activity you may think of playing sports or working out at a gym. If you don't like doing any of those things, you're probably not too excited about getting active. But being physically active doesn't have to mean playing basketball or running marathons. Walking, dancing, gardening, and even housework can contribute to your overall fitness and physical health.
Or, if you have activities you enjoyed when you were younger, such as jogging, swimming, or biking, why not pick them up again? Even if you are slower or have less stamina than when you were younger, you can still have fun and get fit at the same time. Read on to learn more about staying active.
Explore other publications and websites
- Warm Up, Cool Down and Be Flexible (Copyright © American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) — An effective fitness program is more than aerobic training and strength building. To really reap the benefits of exercise, you need to add flexibility training to the mix. This publication explains how you can work flexibility training into your workout. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00310
Connect with other organizations
- American Physical Therapy Association http://www.apta.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home
- National Center on Physical Activity and Disability http://www.ncpad.org
- National Institute on Aging, NIH, HHS http://www.nia.nih.gov/
- SmallStep.gov http://www.smallstep.gov/
- The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging http://www.healthinaging.org/
- Weight-Control Information Network http://win.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm