The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has declared the month of May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! With that being said, I am setting a goal for myself to reach my 30 minutes of physical activity every day this month! According to their website, “less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day;2 only one in three adults receive the recommended amount of physical activity each week.”3 Less than 5%!!! I have to admit that I have been part of the 95% probably more frequently than I would like to admit, especially on the weekend… That is why I have decided to challenge myself. I recently joined a new gym, CrossfitEX, which has been amazing so far! If you are in the Smyrna area, I would highly suggest this gym. I have been going about 4 times per week, so I will continue that and then add at least 30 minutes of running, walking, mowing the lawn, whatever motivates me the other 3 days. Remember that physical activity is not just going to the gym! You can reach 30 minutes of physical activity easily if you put your mind to it. Keep in mind that it still counts if you break it up into segments. 3-10min sessions or 2-15min sessions count, too! So, just get moving. Whether it is dancing, swimming, yard work, walking, taking the stairs, just do something 🙂
Here is my progress from Day 1:
Day 1: Complete! My workout today consisted of a warm-up of 1 lap around the parking lot, 10 squats, 10 burpees, 10 sit-up to butterfly stretch, strength: Deadlifts 5-3-3-1-1; I got up to 155lbs! Definitely my personal best 🙂 Then, our workout was 100 kettlebell squats with a 53lb kettle bell. We did 20 sec on, 10 sec off. This was followed by 21-15-9 thrusters (45lb) and burpees for time: 12:47. We finished up with 50 medicine ball sit-ups and a 20 second handstand. I thought I might pass out… but, I was proud of myself for finishing!
Here are some more facts and statistics from http://www.fitness.gov (the references can be found on this website):
- The typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat.2
- Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products, and oils.2
- In recent years, nearly 15% of American households have been unable to acquire adequate food to help meet their needs.2 In 2008, an estimated 49.1 million people, including 16.7 million children, experienced food insecurity (limited availability to safe and nutritionally adequate foods) multiple times throughout the year.1
- Data from 2009-2010 indicates that over 78 million U.S. adults and about 12.5 million (16.9%) children and adolescents are obese.11
- Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese.12
So, who’s coming with me? Celebrate National Physical Fitness & Sports Month by being active with me each day!