May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, where we raise awareness about the importance of physical education and leading an active and healthy lifestyle. We kicked off the month with Shape America's National Physical Education and Sport Week which focused on the benefits of physical education and sport programs in schools. 

Physical education is where kids develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. When PE and sports are offered in schools, they can provide access to physical activity for all students regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, or urban-suburban-rural setting.

Play everyday keeps the doctor away.

Play everyday keeps the doctor away.

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health, and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to learn about the benefits of getting active. Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:

  • Children and adolescents – Physical activity can improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health. Kids need at least 60 minutes of physical activity everyday.
  • Adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
  • Older adults – Physical activity can lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills).

We can use this month to raise awareness about the benefits of physical activity — and spread the word about fun ways to get moving! Here are just a few ideas for getting your family more active:

  • Make small changes, like walking to school, taking the stairs or going for a bike ride.
  • Spend 10 minutes a day trying a new move. Try these 10 minute activity breaks.
  • Motivate teachers and after-school coaches to make physical activity a part of every student’s day.
  • Use social media to share how you are empowering kids to lead active, healthy lives. Don’t forget to tag your posts with #GetActive.