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Community Health Library > This Month's Health Focus
May 2010
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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. 

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Get moving!

Getting active increases your chances of living longer and can help you:

  • Control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight.
  • Raise your "good" cholesterol.
  • Prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Here are some tips to help you get active:

  • Aim for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity a week. This includes things like walking fast, dancing, or biking.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. Be sure to strengthen all major muscle groups including the legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms.

Check out these items from the Community Health Library and websites to learn more about making physical fitness a part of your life.

The Athlete's Way: Sweat and the Biology of Bliss

By Christopher Bergland

The Athlete’s Way presents a practical, motivational fitness program by an ultra-endurance athlete that incorporates brain science, positive psychology and behaviorism to transform lives from the inside out.



Fit and Sexy for Life: the Hormone-Free Plan for Staying Slim, Strong, and Fabulous in Your Forties, Fifties, and Beyond

By Kathy Kaehler 

With daily workouts that focus on cardio and strength conditioning, and a simple eating plan tailored to women over forty, her program gives you everything you need to melt pounds, build muscle, and decrease your risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and other health concerns.

Men's Health Gym Bible

By Michael Mejia and Myatt Murphy

In The Men’s Health Gym Bible, certified strength and conditioning coach Mike Mejia and magazine contributor Myatt Murphy instruct readers in the optimal use of a gym for strength training and cardiovascular fitness.


Yoga Rx: A Step-By-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments

By Larry Payne, Ph.D. and Richard Usatine, M.D.

Yoga Rx distills an array of postures into an easy-to-use regimen for anyone seeking relief for anything from back pain to the common cold.


Body & Soul Fitness: Daily Exercise Routine (DVD)

With Nancy Marmorat

Nancy Marmorat: Daily Exercise Routine features the workout guru leading the viewer through a fifteen minute workout designed to give anyone who follows along a quick full body workout.

Temple of Jehan: Ultimate Bellydance Fitness Workout (DVD)

Dancers of all levels as well as non-dancers will benefit from taking on the challenge and moving up the learning curve to master the ULTIMATE workout. 


Sit and Be Fit: Osteoporosis Workout II (DVD)

The exercises on the DVD are specifically designed to help participants with or at risk for osteoporosis to improve their bonestrength, posture, leg strength, and balance to reduce their risk of fractures and falls.



Mayo Clinic - Get tips on fitting exercise into your daily routine. 

MedLine Plus - Learn the basics of getting and staying fit, and click on the links to find a wealth of information on this topic.

President's Challenge Program - Find your fitness level by taking this test.


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