May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, a designation bestowed since 1983 and celebrated by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). Organizations including schools, public health agencies, and worksites celebrate the month to promote awareness of the value of physical activity in pursuit of happier, healthier, more productive lives. Celebrations and recognition weeks and days throughout May target specific activities or populations, such as:
May 1-7: National Physical Education and Sports Week.
May 9-13: National Women's Health Week.
May 18: National Employee Health and Fitness Day
May 16-20: National Bike to Work Week
May 20: Bike To Work Day
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active. Getting regular physical activity can benefit everyone- children, adolescents and adults.
Benefits of physical activity
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Reduce your risk of high blood pressure
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Reduces the risk of depression and anxiety
- Improve you ability to do daily activities and prevent falls
- Increase your chances of living longer