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Choosing to be active is an investment in your physical and mental well-being. Some of the benefits of physical activity include good cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and flexibility. Physical activity is for everyone and is adaptable for any age and ability. It doesn’t require special fitness equipment, just the motivation to move. Learn more about being active in this section.
There are many ways to start being active. The first step is to commit to a plan or routine that you can follow. Finding the time and the proper equipment is also helpful. Learn more tips on how to get started.
You’ve chosen your activity. Now it’s time to put it in motion – literally! If you are just starting out and finding it difficult to make time, make physical activity a habit or choose a program, where you’re not alone. Learn ways to help you get started and get moving, and overcome barriers.
Once you incorporate more physical activity into your life, you may want to set some goals. This will make it easier to track your progress and celebrate your successes. You might choose to keep a journal that shows how far you’ve come or give yourself a healthy reward for meeting your goal such as new running shoes or a new tennis racquet. Learn more about Goal Setting.
Injuries can put you on the bench and derail your goals. Warming up, cooling down and exercising safely are ways you can prevent an injury from happening. Learn more about how to prevent injuries and recover from them at Active and Safe Central.
Last Updated: June 2021