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Be Active

Being more active is an important step to achieving a healthier lifestyle. Moving is important for EVERYBODY, regardless of age, ability or body size. It is important to find your motivation, that is, determine WHY you want to be more active.

Being active on a daily basis can help prevent and decrease your likelihood of developing chronic diseases, it can also reduce your risk for obesity, and it is beneficial to mental health. Body movement through exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good and more energized, make it fun and exciting.

Moving your body does not have to involve expensive equipment or a gym membership. However, a good pair of comfortably fitting shoes and breathable clothes are important.
As you start to move more think about planning structured activities on a daily basis. Examples include walking, jogging, running, dancing, biking or swimming. These are easy and fun ways to incorporate physical activity into your day.

Remember that being physically active is a lifelong change. Find what you enjoy doing and it will become something you look forward to. Staying motivated and varying your activities will help you prevent chronic disease and will improve your quality of life.

Try these strength building activities:

These are only a few muscle-strengthening exercises. Instruct participants on how to properly perform each muscle-strengthening activity.

For exercises done in a sitting position, use a straight-back armless chair. Sit up tall with your back pressed against the chair for support. Your feet should be flat on the floor, about shoulder width apart.

  1. Leg Extensions
  2. Bicep Curl
  3. Arm Raise
  4. Triceps Extension
  5. Side Leg Raise
  6. Plantar Flex
  7. Hamstring Curl