Virginia Premier wants to help you become more active. April is Move More Month, and a perfect opportunity for you to start being more active. We have partnered with HEALTH-E-FIT to show you some simple exercises to help you get moving.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), close to half of adults in the U.S. are not active enough to maintain their health, and about one in three don’t do any physical activity.
The recommended amount of physical activity is at least 150 minutes of moderate activity a week. Staying active can help lower your risk of disease, build strong bones and muscles, help make everyday tasks more manageable, and improve mental health.
Throughout the month of April, Virginia Premier will release weekly videos on Facebook and Instagram that can help you build strength, endurance, stability, and show you the importance of stretching. The best part is you can do most of these moves from the comfort of your living room!
Ways to get moving this month:
- Get a wearable device or download an app on a smartphone to track your progress. This can help keep you consistent and help you achieve a daily step goal.
- Find a friend to be active with. You can go on walks or do workouts together. You can help keep each other accountable and support each other during your fitness journey.
- Change up your routine. To prevent boredom, go to a different neighborhood or a new park when you go for a walk.
- Do housework. Vacuuming, mopping, and gardening can count as movement. According to the American Heart Association, 20 minutes of vacuuming is equal to walking a mile.
- Some people may think that stretching is just for the beginning and end of their workout, but it’s also a form of exercise.
- Do some ‘lounge time’ lunges. The average American spends four hours a day watching television, according to AHA. To get yourself moving even during lounge time, why not do some lunges, or pushups instead of just sitting on the couch?
- Involve the kids. Your kids or grandkids can use the exercise too. Put the screens down for a while and do an exercise together.
As always, before starting a fitness routine, please check with your doctor to determine what level of activity is right for you.
HEALTH-E-FIT affiliation is an evidence-based lifestyle, a grassroots movement started by medically trained fitness professionals who wanted to bridge the gap between healthcare and fitness while making prevention profitable for certified medical trainers and physicians. It is a call to all who really care about real health and fitness.
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