Getting Physically Active
Physical activity and nutrition work together for better health. Being active increases the amount of calories burned. As people age their metabolism slows, so maintaining energy balance requires moving more and eating less.Some types of physical activity are especially beneficial:
- Aerobic activities make you breathe harder and make your heart beat faster. Aerobic activities can be moderate or vigorous in their intensity. Vigorous activities take more effort than moderate ones. For moderate activities, you can talk while you do them, but you can't sing. For vigorous activities, you can only say a few words without stopping to catch your breath.
- Muscle-strengthening activities make your muscles stronger. These include activities like push-ups and lifting weights. It is important to work all the different parts of the body - your legs, hips, back, chest, stomach, shoulders, and arms.
- Bone-strengthening activities make your bones stronger. Bone strengthening activities, like jumping, are especially important for children and adolescents. These activities produce a force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength.
- Balance and stretching activities enhance physical stability and flexibility, which reduces risk of injuries. Examples are gentle stretching, dancing, yoga, martial arts, and t'ai chi.
Whether it's taking a family walk on a Saturday morning or after dinner, or washing the car together, We Can!® encourages you to get active to maintain a healthy weight. http://httpwww.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/get-active/index.htm
Let’s Go! 5-2-1-0 for Families
Our goal is to increase physical activity and healthy eating for children and families. We have six programs, otherwise known as settings, to reach families where they live, learn, work and play to reinforce the importance of making healthy choices.http://www.letsgo.org/in-your-community/families/Some Activities in Ventura County
The Partnership for a Healthy Ventura County is a coalition that includes Ventura County Public Health, First 5 Ventura County and a wide range of community organizations and individuals, including businesses, schools, non-profits, local government and networks seeking to improve the health of Ventura County residents, policies and community endeavors. We share the vision that Ventura County will be the national model for healthy eating, active living and community well-being. We promote community and personal changes that lead to healthy eating and regular exercise to reduce obesity and related chronic diseases. http://healthyventuracounty.org/
Ventura Beach Bike Trail:
This scenic bike trail starts along the mouth of the Ventura River and takes you along the C-Street Promenade, past surfer’s point, Ventura Pier and ends at the San Buena Ventura State Beach without breaking a sweat. http://www.fun-in-ventura.com/bike-trail.html
Ventura to Ojai Paved Bike Path: http://venturacountytrails.org/TrailMaps/OjaiBikePath/AreaHome.html
Welcome to Ventura County Trails: http://venturacountytrails.org/index.htmlPleasant Valley Recreation Parks District: http://www.pvrpd.org/