Physical Activity

Physical Activity

Take steps for better health

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and reduces your risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression and cancer.

Other benefits of regular physical activity:

  • Control weight
  • Improve mood
  • Boost energy
  • Promote better sleep
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles

Learn how Minnesota is expanding opportunities for all students to be active

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health worked with several partners, including the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) and Twin Cities Adaptive Cycling, to expand the Walk! Bike! Fun! Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum so it supports students with mobility limitations.

Watch our video!

What you should know

  • Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week plus muscle-strengthening activity on two days per week.
  • Children and adolescents should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

What you can do

In your community

  • Support plans to connect walking, biking and public transportation routes to everyday destinations, like work, shopping, school or entertainment.
  • Encourage your school district to incorporate more physical activity into your child’s day.
  • Talk to your employer about ways that can help get moving more at work, including offering breaks to allow for physical activity during the day.

On your own

  • Walk or bike instead of driving your car.
  • Take the stairs and forgo the elevator.
  • Turn off the TV and go for a walk.
  • Get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way.
  • Involve your kids! Make walking or biking a regular family activity.

SHIP is making an impact

Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) grantees are working with community partners in planning processes that advance support for active living. As a result of this work, communities are making it easier for residents to integrate walking and biking into daily routines, whether it’s for transportation or recreation.

Updated Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 08:53AM