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Move More

Why move? Because our bodies were made to move and because it feels good to move! If you need any more reasons to move more, here are at least 15; can you think of more?

Regular physical activity benefits people of all ages

  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes psychological well-being
  • Reduces feelings of stress
  • Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Contributes to healthy bones, muscles, and joints
  • Substantially reduces the risk of dying of coronary heart disease, North Dakota’s leading cause of death
  • Decreases the risk for stroke and high blood pressure
  • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have hypertension
  • Decreases the risk for colon cancer
  • Decreases the risk for diabetes
  • Reduces falls among older adults
  • Helps to relieve the pain of arthritis
  • Is associated with fewer hospitalizations, physician visits, and medications
  • May decrease health care costs

Ways to move more every day in North Dakota

  • Play with your kids
  • Walk or bike to school or work
  • Park far away from the door of the store
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Plant and nurture a garden
  • Golf – walk the courses on the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail
  • Walk your dog
  • Shovel snow
  • Ski in the Pembina Gorge
  • “Stroll for the Soul” while hunting
  • Work around the house
  • Explore the trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
  • Visit the zoo
  • Take a hike along the North Country Trail at Fort Ransom

There are 1440 minutes in every day. Schedule 30 of them for physical activity. Make physical activity an part of your daily life. Physical activity need not be strenuous to be beneficial. People of all ages benefit from moderate physical activity, such as 30 minutes of walking five or more times a week. Physical activity does not need to be sustained for long periods of time in order to provide health benefits. Repeated shorter bursts of activity also yield health benefits. In other words, walking in two 15-minute segments or three 10-minute segments is beneficial.

How Much Activity

Begin by moving:
– 30 minutes 1 time per day, or
– 15 minutes 2 times per day, or
– 10 minutes 3 times per day.

Kids need recess – and so do adults. Here are some tips for making physical activity part of your day.