May is Exercise is Medicine® Month!
Started in 2008, Exercise is Medicine® Month is a time for health care providers, fitness professionals, the public, and supporting organizations and constituents to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise on a national scale. Last year, activities took place in all 50 states from individuals and organizations of all kinds; from youth groups to universities, churches, fitness centers, corporations and hospitals all held events aimed at keeping people active and health.
Exercise is Medicine encourages the public to follow the federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, which suggest obtaining 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity in order to achieve the many benefits of regular physical activity. No matter what activities you choose to meet this goal, they certainly should not be boring! In fact, one of our favorite ways to celebrate Exercise is Medicine Month is to relive some of our old, childhood favorites.
Hula hooping, anyone?
We love that you can purchase things like a jump rope or hula hoop for a relatively small investment. Purchase a few, and you can challenge your family or co-workers to a little friendly competition. Who can hula hoop or jump rope the longest? Who can perform the best tricks? Since you're reading the ACSM blog, you probably already value fitness, but starting up challenges like this can incite that love in others.
Here are some favorite exercise picks from our team:
"I am a fan of varied paced - whatever! Whether it be walking, running or cycling, I get a bit more benefit by pushing the pace for short periods of time and then easing up for some rest, then repeat as is comfortable." Richard Cotton, ACSM National Director of Certification
"I get physical activity in while volunteering at my local humane society. Whether I am walking shelter dogs to help them get exercise (or running with them if they have energy to burn), cleaning kennels or the cattery, or setting up for pet adoption events, I am always moving. And I am helping these shelter animals find new forever homes, which is priceless!" - Traci Rush, Assistant Director of Certification
"Walking or running with dogs gives you both exercise and companionship. Add a Frisbee or ball, and you multiply the fun-and the activity level. Studies show that dog owners get more exercise. If you're poochless, I'll bet your friends have dogs. Take the beasts for a vigorous walk and unleash the fun and fitness!" - Dan Henkel, ACSM Senior Director of Communication and Advocacy
Okay, we shared - now it's your turn!
Tell us what activities you loved when you were a kid. Can you find a way to indulge as an adult? Go ahead and take your exercise old-school this month, we double-dog dare you!
Want to get involved?
Interested in spreading the awareness that May is Exercise is Medicine Month? Talk with your local community leaders, mayors, governors or other officials and have them sign a proclamation designating May is Exercise is Medicine Month!
Have a specific program or event that you are implementing? Tell us and we will tweet about it; if you received an EIM Month proclamation, let us know and we'll post it on Facebook; if your local media profiles it, share the news with so we can share the news with others.
Visit online at www.exerciseismedicine.org to support the initiative, receive program updates and download an Action and Promotion Guide. In addition to these guides, we also encourage you to download the Exercise is Medicine Month Toolkit. This toolkit is a powerful resource to help our partners reach key constituents with messages about EIM that they can easily understand, believe, and support. In the toolkit, you will find media relations, support materials, and template press releases. For more information, visit www.exerciseismedicinemonth.org for tips, tools and ideas to plan your own local event or activity during Exercise is Medicine Month® in May or throughout the year, including a PowerPoint slide deck and media advocacy tools.