We start the year with great drive to be active.

We want to make changes that we know are good for our body. About February though, we see it is tough to stay with those changes.

Here’s an idea: Think about why you want to be active; what change you want to see in yourself. Write it on a card and hang it where you can see it often.

Need some ideas for what to put on that card? Let’s get to the basics on why to be active.

Regular physical activity is one of the best things you can do for your health. See all the ways it is good for you:

>> Helps people get and keep a healthy weight.

>> Lowers your risk of heart disease.

>> Lowers your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

>> Lowers your risk of some cancers.

>> Makes your bones and muscles stronger.

>> Helps your mental health and mood.

>> Lessens your chance of falls, if you’re an older adult.

>> May help you live longer.

How active should I be?

Adults need at least 2 1/2 hours (150 minutes) a week of physical activity. This should be at a moderate level, such as a fast-paced walk for no less than 10 minutes at a time.

If you aren’t yet at 150 minutes per week, start small. Adding even just 10 minutes more activity is good.

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