May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
Celebrate the benefits of physical fitness
May is recognized as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a time to celebrate the benefits of physical activity and encourage people of all ages to get active. Physical activity has numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, improving mental health, and promoting overall well-being. This month serves as a reminder of the importance of incorporating physical activity into our daily lives.
Physical activity and sports
One of the key messages of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is that physical activity can be enjoyable and accessible for everyone. Whether you prefer walking, jogging, biking, dancing, or playing a sport, there are countless ways to get moving and have fun while doing it. It’s important to find activities that you enjoy and that fit your lifestyle and schedule, as this will help you stay motivated and make physical activity a regular part of your routine.
Another important aspect of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is recognizing the role that sports can play in promoting physical activity and positive values such as teamwork, leadership, and perseverance. Participating in sports can provide a sense of community and belonging, as well as opportunities for personal growth and achievement. For children and adolescents, sports can also have a positive impact on academic performance and social development.
Here are some health tips for kids to promote physical activity and overall well-being:
Find activities that your kids will enjoy:
Whether it’s riding a bike, dancing, or playing a sport, finding activities that you enjoy can make physical activity fun and rewarding.
Drinking plenty of water before, during, and after physical activity is important to stay hydrated and prevent dehydration.
Involve the Family
Get the whole family involved in physical activity by taking walks, playing sports together, or going on bike rides.
Teach kids the importance of wearing protective gear and following safety rules when participating in sports or other physical activities.
Lesson by Leah Lagos and Jaspal Ricky Singh, animation by Kozmonot Animation Studio.