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Ways to Play

May 1st, 2012 by - no comments

We know that being active is an essential element of maintaining a healthy weight and helping to reduce your cancer risk. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by engaging in physical activity that feels like play.

Play can be anything that gets you breathing harder and your heart beating faster. There are all sorts of different ways to play- riding your bike or gardening to playing tag or hula-hooping at the office. All types of activity count, as long as you’re doing them for at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity each week. Here are 3 examples of how activity can add up.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Total

20 minutes of walking

30 minutes of riding a bike

15  minutes of playing doubles tennis

15 minutes of golf

30 minutes of softball

30 minutes of dancing

150 minutes

20 minutes of volleyball

30 minutes of riding a bike

20 minutes of canoeing

30 minutes of gardening

25  minutes of hula hooping

25 minutes of hopscotch

150 minutes

25 minutes of spinning

30 minutes of kickboxing

20 minutes of jumping rope

75 minutes


Get Active on a Regular Basis

Being active helps reduce your cancer risk by helping with weight control. It can also help improve your hormone levels and the way your immune system works.

More good news – physical activity helps you reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, too. So grab a hula-hoop and head out the door for physical activity that is fun and keeps you moving!

Share Your Activity

Part of the fun in playing is sharing the experience with others! We need your help to inspire 100,000 acts of physical activity by sharing how you choose play in May. Snap photos and take video when you play and post them to Facebook.com/chooseyou!

Also, check out Chooseyou.com/play for some more great ideas on how to choose play.

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