Post Content

Spring Into Shape InfographicStruggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a healthy weight can reduce your risk for certain types of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Working out can also help you feel less stressed and strengthen your muscles and bones, among other benefits.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise a week for adults, according to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Children should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Adults can set a good example by moving more and encouraging kids and teens to exercise with tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

Get Fit by Moving More

A fun routine or an enjoyable activity can make all the difference in motivating you to stay in shape.

  • Incorporate muscle-strengthening activities into your fitness routine twice a week, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
    • Yoga, lifting weights, doing push-ups or sit-ups, and training with resistance bands all count as great muscle-strengthening exercises.
  • Find an aerobic exercise, such as swimming, dancing, cycling, or jogging, that works for you. Cardio is great for both body and mind.

Encourage Kids and Teens to Exercise

Children and teens should pay extra attention to their daily physical activity. Being active helps kids maintain a healthy weight, improve sleep, and perform better in school. Ways to help children move more include:

  • Create opportunities to be active. Take children to the playground, park, and other spaces where they can move around.
  • Become an active family with tips from Let’s Move. Engage in exercise with your kids to ensure you’re being athletic as well.
  • Work on a skill. Developing proficiency in anything from hitting home runs to shooting hoops can encourage kids to keep up with exercise.

Massachusetts residents lead busy, full lives, but putting in a little extra effort and setting aside just 30 minutes a day can make a big difference. You can spring into shape and have fun at the same time. Move more and see for yourself!

What’s your favorite way to exercise? Tell us in the comments below or tweet us @MassGov.

Written By:

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm posted on Jul 18

Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Governor Baker has proclaimed July 16–22, 2017 to be Hurricane Preparedness Week to underscore the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to tropical storms and hurricanes. Historically, the majority of tropical storms and hurricanes that have   …Continue Reading Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts posted on Jun 22

Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts

As the state where the Boston Tea Party, Battle of Bunker Hill, and first shots of the American Revolution happened, Massachusetts is a special place to celebrate the 4th of July. Whether you’re looking for a free event for the family or a way to give back to America’s   …Continue Reading Celebrate Independence Day in Massachusetts

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts! posted on Jun 14

Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!

Whether it’s a few dollars in your coat pocket or change in an old piggy bank, everyone loves finding forgotten money. The Commonwealth is currently holding more than $2.4 billion in unclaimed property, and according to the Massachusetts Unclaimed Property Division, under the Office of the State   …Continue Reading Get Your Money Back, Massachusetts!