Move more! Keeping your body active and moving is something you can do each day to feel good and keep healthy. Our bodies were made to move. Our state was built by movers – people who work with their bodies to grow crops and raise animals for food.
It feels good to move! All you need to do is watch a group of preschoolers to be reminded of that! Regular physical activity benefits people of all ages. It:
- Helps control weight.
- Promotes feelings of well-being.
- Reduces feelings of stress and 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 and helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have it.
- 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.
Physical activity does not need to be sustained for long periods of time to provide health benefits. Repeated shorter bursts of activity also can improve health. So, if you aren't into going to the gym or playing sports, walking in two 15-minute segments or three 10-minute segments can improve your health and help you feel good too! Check out Ages and Stages for ideas and resources for moving more at any age!
Ways to move more every day in North Dakota:
- Play with your kids at a local park
- Plant and nurture a garden in your back yard or at a community garden spot
- Golf – walk the courses on the Lewis and Clark Golf Trail
- Shovel snow
- Ski the Pembina Gorge
- Explore the trails in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
- Visit the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton
- Take a hike along the North Country Trail at Fort Ransom