Being Active is Important to Your Health
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 15:10
‘I like to move it, move it’ is more than a lyric from the critically acclaimed movie, “Madagascar”; for some people, it is a way of life.
People will get their daily-recommended amount of exercise by doing various activities such as biking, running or playing sports.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states adults ages 18-64 years old need at least two and a half hours of moderate activity every week, along with muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week. This includes work on all major muscle groups: legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.
Moderate activity means that you are working just hard enough to raise your heart rate and break a sweat. One way to tell if you are reaching this level of activity is that you will be able to talk, but not necessarily be able to sing the lyrics of the song playing on your iPod.
As for muscle-strengthening activities, this refers to any activity that is strengthening your muscles to the point where it becomes difficult to do another repetition. A repetition is a complete, repeated movement of a particular activity.
For some people, these are easily accomplished tasks. For others, these are goals set for the future.
No matter where you fall in the spectrum, it is important to do some form of exercise on a daily basis to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As stated on the Mayo Clinic website, physical activity can help people control their weight, improve their mood and even promotes better sleep. There is no reason not to exercise!
Many students here at North Dakota State University maintain their recommended amount of physical activity by visiting the Wellness Center on a daily basis.
It is here that students have the option to use a cycling machine, run on the track or even join an intramural sports team.
The cycling machines are a fan favorite. From personal experience, it is hard to find an open one at any given time in the day.
Running on the upstairs track is also popular. It allows people to forget about the stress of school and run without a care in the world, even if it is just for a few minutes.
According to Ben Kittock, a senior majoring in sports management, playing intramurals on the other hand, is one of the best ways to get exercise.
“My favorite intramurals to play are basketball and football. This is because you’re doing hard physical activity for more than 30 minutes,” Kittock said.
Along with playing intramurals, Kittock referees co-ed basketball 8-9 times a week, Monday through Thursday.
“Refereeing also keeps me on my toes and keeps me pretty active,” Kittock said.
This just goes to show that physical activity really does come in every shape and form. Now, it’s up to you to get up, go out and be active!