Get Active

It’s recommended that adults get 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each day and children get 60 minutes per day.

You’ll be surprised by the variety of activities you can choose from to achieve a more active lifestyle. By picking physical activities you enjoy and that match your abilities, it will help ensure that you stick with them.

The merits of regular physical activity — from preventing chronic health conditions to promoting weight loss and better sleep — are hard to ignore.

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The Mayo Clinic shares these benefits to regular physical activity:

  • Exercise improves your mood.
  • Exercise combats chronic diseases.
  • Exercise helps you manage your weight.
  • Exercise boosts your energy level.
  • Exercise promotes better sleep.
  • Exercise can be fun!

With year-round mild weather, LA County can be your playground for a healthier lifestyle. From bike paths, to skate parks, to beaches, there is something for everyone when it comes to regular physical activity.

Looking to incorporate active living into your neighborhood? Start or join a walking group, or find a park in your community. Now get moving!

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Tips to Get Active

Here are a few Let’s Move! activities and steps that you and your family can do to get started on a path to a healthier lifestyle:

  • Give children toys that encourage physical activity like balls, kites, and jump ropes.
  • Encourage children to join a sports team or try a new physical activity.
  • Limit TV time and keep the TV out of a child’s bedroom.
  • Facilitate a safe walk to and from school a few times a week.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Walk around the block after a meal.
  • Make a new house rule: no sitting still during television commercials.
  • Find time to spend together doing a fun activity: family park day, swim day or bike day.

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  • Physical activity for everyone: videos.

Tips to Incorporate Exercise into Your Life:

  • Do it in short sets. Moderate-intensity physical activity can be accumulated throughout the day in 10-minute increments, which can be just as effective as exercising for 30 or 60 minutes straight.
  • Mix it up. Alternate moderate- and vigorous-intensity activities throughout the week. For example, walk briskly for 30 minutes three times a week and jog at a higher intensity on the two other days.
  • Schedule it. Set aside specific days and times for exercise, incorporating it into your daily routine.
  • Make it a family affair. Take your spouse, your children, or a friend with you during exercise to add some fun to your routine. This is also a good way to encourage your kids to be physically active and build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy habits.

Resources

Featured Videos

Learn more about healthy eating, moving and living in LA County by watching these videos.

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