The county health rankings show that Pima County ranked 6th overall out of the 15 Arizona counties for health outcomes. For physical activity, the data shows that 20% of the population is not active. Many believe their schedules are too busy to exercise. However, you can incorporate activity into your daily routine, and make family time active time. The National Institute of Health (NIH) provides some great tips for families on being active:
- Check your schedule for available time
- Find partners to be active with (ex. friends; family)
- Use the resources you have. You don’t need a gym membership to be active. Many activities can be done in your living room, backyard, in your neighborhood, or a nearby park.
- Stay motivated! Doing activities with your family can be a fun way to be healthy while spending quality time with your loved ones. Physical activity does not need to be a chore, but can be a fun break to your busy week. Try activity games with the children to increase energy levels and make exercising enjoyable.
More movement tips are available at www.nhlbi.nih.gov
To view the rankings for Arizona counties, visit www.countyhealthrankings.org