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Take it Outdoors!
Woman walking

Physical activity is in for summer and beyond! This is the perfect time of year to get outside, enjoy our nice weather and be active. 

Studies show that getting the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day for adults (1 hour for children) helps us achieve and maintain a healthy weight, lowers our risk for diabetes and certain types of cancer, improves our mood, improves our quality of life and improves functioning for those with arthritis.


Tips for Work

  • Does your worksite have some open land around it? Ask your employer if you can grow some veggies at work.
  • You can reach your goal by doing small bouts of physical activity like taking a walk on your break or starting a one-on-one walking meeting.
  • When you can't get outside during work hours, remember to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Get information about alternative forms of transportation at Drive Less Save More. Research shows that people who regularly use public transportation get more physical activity than those who drive.

Tips for Home

  • Enjoy one of Oregon's beautiful state parks with friends and family.
  • Plant veggies in containers or in your garden. Check out these growing tips.
  • Start a new habit by going for a daily walk before or after breakfast and before or after dinner! Start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 30 minutes or more.
  • If you do need to get in the car for an outing, invite friends and neighbors along to share the ride.
  • Plan healthy food to share with family and friends after enjoying your favorite activity. Try this Very Veggie Salad.

Tips for Play

  • Choose water as a beverage instead of high-calorie, high-sugar sports drinks during and after your outdoor activities.
  • Ride bikes or walk to places near your home. It’s good for your health, it’s good for your budget and can save you time!
  • Try parking a little farther away from your destination and bike or walk the rest of the way.
  • Find an Arthritis Foundation class that was created for people with arthritis to keep joints flexible, muscles strong and to help reduce the pain associated with arthritis.

Resources

The Arthritis Foundation National website www.arthritis.org is a wonderful resource on a variety of topics such as: Travel and Arthritis, Golf and Arthritis, Walking and Arthritis and 10 Tips for Easier Gardening.