April is National African-American Women's Fitness Month. Sheila Madison, a personal development training specialist and consultant, founded this campaign to generate health awareness through physical activity and to encourage Black women to adopt a more active lifestyle.

The evidence is clear: As little as 30-minutes of cardio exercise three - to - five days a week, coupled with a little resistance training can help you live longer, look younger, feel happier and prevent weight gain1. So, check with your doctor before you begin a new exercise regimen and then walk, jog, bike, swim, sign up for yoga or aerobics classes, schedule a tennis or racquetball match or join a gym. And don't forget to get your kids up and moving! According to the American Council on Exercise, regular physical fitness helps children maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints as well as a healthy body weight. An hour of exercise each day can also help improve kids' quality of sleep and promote greater self-esteem and a better self-image.

Health and fitness experts suggest that beginners start slow and gradually increase the intensity and length of their workouts. They also remind us that, when it comes to physical activity, thirty minutes of low-impact activity like brisk walking can be as beneficial as shorter sessions of high-intensity exercise.

Want some specifics on the health benefits of physical activity?

  • It reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.
  • It helps maintain healthy bones and muscles and control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.
  • Physical activity can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and stimulate brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier or more relaxed.
  • Regular exercise can help keep your hair stronger and healthier by improving the blood flow to the scalp.
  • It can also help deepen sleep and reduce the time it takes to fall asleep.
  • It can also improve energy levels and physical appearance, which can also be a boost to your libido.

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