Be Active Your Way

The Be Active Your Way Blog is the official blog of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Follow the blog for updates about the development of the second edition of the Guidelines and insights from health and physical activity professionals about translating the Guidelines into practice.

By AOSSM

Participating in sports is a great way to stay active and develop a multitude of skills from teamwork and discipline to self-respect.  However, playing safe is critical to not only staying in the game today, but also throughout life. While athletic participation is on the rise, so is the incidence of youth and childhood sports injuries.…

This week, we highlight community-level efforts to increase physical activity opportunities for the less-financially-fortunate:

 

Detroit non-profit opens green gym (Source:  PR Newswire) The nation’s first gym for the homeless provides physical activity opportunities, job opportunities, and an alternative power source.

 

Programs pay wellness fees (Source:  The Daily Sentinel news) A tri-county area in Ohio offers a “Silver Sneakers” program, complete with free physical activity classes for older adults with limited financial resources.…

By IHRSA

The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans provided the nation with an airtight scientific case for why a person should make exercise a top priority.  The case is unchallenged and polls show that the health benefits of exercise are generally acknowledged by an overwhelming majority of Americans.  Nevertheless, research suggests that most Americans are not active enough to actually reap the benefits.…

This week, we highlight some clever initiatives to increase physical activity among children in school and adults in the office:

 

USDA joins National Dairy Council and NFL in a public-private partnership to improve health and wellness in America’s schools (Source:  USDA) This USDA press release describes a new partnership to promote healthier eating and physical activity (60 minutes/day) among school children.…

By NCPPA

A new year…a new me! I can’t even imagine how many Americans have that thought running through their heads when January 1 roles around and it is time to ponder one’s goals for the new year (I am stopping short of calling the thought a resolution)…in fact, the media reported just this week that the 3rd most popular New year’s Resolution (oops..there it is-THAT word!) is to “get fit”.…

This week, we examine some non-traditional motivators for increasing physical activity.  The following articles describe how physical activity may be used to fight the doldrums and spend quality time with one’s pet, respectively.

 

Phys Ed:  How little exercise can you get away with? (Source:  New York Times blog).  Despite the connotations of the title, this NYT blog post highlights the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and discusses the benefits of physical activity with regard to fighting “gloominess.”

 

Add some Woof!

By NSCA

IntroductionWhile most fitness professionals enjoy spending time in the gym working out, often their clients do not share this same enthusiasm. Many times clients get bored or complacent when performing traditional strength and conditioning programs focused on conventional sets, reps, and steady-state activity. As a result individuals may become apathetic toward their training programs and exert less overall effort, thus reducing the physiological benefits.…