January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month

Posted: December 30, 2016 at 11:55 pm, Last Updated: January 10, 2017 at 2:30 pm

January is Healthy Weight Awareness Month which means it is time to get physical and physically active.  What a great time to get started with the introduction of the New Year!  Now is the perfect time to make that conscious effort to eat healthier and exercise more.  It is time to shed those extra pounds we have gained from the holiday season and build up those muscles!

We all know exercise is necessary for losing weight and making your body look and feel its best; however, there are also numerous healthy benefits to regularly exercising.  The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps have identified some of these benefits.

  • Controlling your weight
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndromewomenlift1
  • Reduced risk of some cancers
  • Strengthened bones and muscles
  • Improved mental health and mood
  • Increased chances of living longer

Being healthy, feeling good, and living longer all sound pretty good to me.  All this comes from a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week!  That’s only 30 minutes a day during the work week.  30 minutes a day of walking briskly, cycling at a casual pace, or casually throwing a ball around or shooting hoops.  Don’t you want to take part in Healthy Weight Awareness Month so that you can have all those benefits above?

The beautiful thing is that at George Mason Recreation, we offer a variety of options that will help you fulfill that 30 minutes a day minimum, help you lose weight, and help you feel better and look better, too.  For those of you who want to get fit but need motivation or don’t know where to start, perhaps hiring a personal trainer would benefit you.  Maybe you like working out with others.  Then take part in numerous group classes offered at both the RAC and the AFC on the Fairfax campus.  If you’re the type of person that wants to workout without going to the gym, then going on trips with Outdoor Adventures may be the thing for you.  If you are experienced or ready to workout and go, then head on over to the RAC or one of our other facilities and prove that fithappens.

A healthy weight leads to a healthy mind leads to a healthy and happy life.  Be aware this month and this year of your weight and strive for that healthy weight of yours.  We will be there when you need us.