It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you live, or what you do for work – everyone needs to get active. Physical activity will improve bone and heart health, lower the risk of disease, and lift your mood. In May, the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, first created by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in 1983.
Thanks to technology, group fitness and advances in sports medicine, it’s easier than ever before to get active. Here’s what you need to know:
Exercise Guidelines for Different Age Groups
Everyone needs to exercise, but you should approach physical activity in a specific way depending on how old you are.
- For kids: Childhood obesity rates have tripled since the 1970s. To help combat its onset, children should get 60 minutes of daily activity each day, no matter how old they are. You can play games like musical chairs and hopscotch, take bike rides, play a sport as a family, or enroll your child in a class or athletic league, depending on their age.
- For adults: Adults should aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day or 2.5 hours a week. As long as you are healthy, there are many different ways to get active: hiking, walking, running, lifting weights, playing a sport, swimming, group classes, and more.
- For senior citizens: Although elderly people might need to scale back the intensity of their workouts, it’s still important they get active. Resistance and aerobic training can help improve balance and coordination and slow the degenerative effects of aging on bone and muscle mass.
Be sure to consult with a doctor before starting any exercise program, and remember to supplement your exercise routine with a healthy, balanced diet.
Getting Active in Bethesda & D.C.
Looking for some ideas to get moving in the greater D.C. area? Here are a few great options:
- Jazzercise – Want to dance yourself into better shape? This innovative workout program blends jazz dance, yoga, resistance training, Pilates, and Latin-inspired movements to help participants burn up to 600 calories per class. To celebrate National Physical Fitness Month, instructor Beth Evans is offering a great deal of $79 for 3 months of classes, running through July.
- Bike to Work Day 2017 – Tomorrow, May 19 is the D.C. region’s Bike to Work Day. The event encourages commuters to take their bicycles to work as a healthy, environmentally-friendly alternative method of getting to the office. This year, the first 16,000 bikers who register online and stop at one of the 85 pit stops throughout the region will enjoy refreshments, a free t-shirt, and a chance to win bicycles and other raffle prizes.
- Visit a local park – Bethesda is in close proximity to some of the best parks around. Just a few nearby options for locals and visitors include Rock Creek Park, Great Falls Park, and Great Seneca Stream Valley Park. Many offer walking trails, tennis courts, and soccer fields.
The American Inn of Bethesda encourages all staff, customers, and friends in the community to exercise safely to improve health. By learning and spreading awareness about physical activity, we believe it is possible for anyone to have a positive impact on the people around them.