World Physical Activity Day 2013

Published: April 4, 2013

This Saturday, April 6th, is World Physical Activity Day! That’s right, WORLD! This means that organizations and groups around the globe will be spending a portion of their April 6th to raise their heartbeat or break a sweat. We plan to join in on the fun! In case you aren’t sure of what activity to do or for how long, one place to start is the 2008 U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines (our own trusted Dr. Bill Kohl being one of the Guideline’s creators). For adults ages 18-64, 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, as well as muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days, are recommended each week. If moderate-vigorous activities (such as brisk walking) are not for you, you can refer to the 1 hour 15 minute weekly vigorous physical activity recommendation (for activities like running or jogging). So that means 75-150 minutes of activity per week…You can do it!

The theme for this year’s event is “No Barriers to Physical Activity.” What does that theme mean to you? Some people have greater barriers than others when it comes to getting a work out, such as those who don’t feel safe taking a walk around their neighborhoods or those who feel there is no extra time in the day to exercise, especially at the end of a long work day. We have to keep in mind that exercising is inherently good for us. It is an opportunity to unwind and gain strength; both qualities that will slowly but surely make you feel better overall. Whether it is doing jumping jacks, crunches, or following a YouTube workout video at home, or making an extra effort to get to the gym 3 times a week, increase your physical activity for yourself. You deserve it! And there is no better day to start then World Day for Physical Activity!

Written by
Michelle Hashemi, MPH

Michelle is a doctoral candidate in Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas School of Public Health.