It's National Physical Fitness Month!

By Staci DaSilva |

Published 05/08 2014 08:57AM

Updated 05/12 2014 06:23AM


May is National Physical Fitness month, perfect timing for the start of bikini season.

So how often should you be staying active?

Fletcher Allen's Chris Lewis is a physical therapist.

He says many of the patients he’s rehabilitating wouldn't have been injured in the first place if they had made exercise a habit.

He recommends exercising at least 150 minutes a week.

“It's very important obviously, not only for injury prevention but overall general health whether it's blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, disease prevention overall,” said Lewis. “A lot of chronic diseases start to add up and people start to get less mobile and functional."

So for National Physical Fitness month let's all pledge to go on a walk, park in the back of the parking lot and take the stairs.

And while you can track your progress using smart phone apps.

One option health experts endorse is a free app called “Lose it!” You log your information, your goal weight and you're given a daily calorie cap.

You log your food and exercise in it and lose weight.

One that Fletcher Allen Physical Therapist Chris Lewis prefers is called "Moves,” a modern-day version of a pedometer.

The phone tracks how far you walk, your speed and how many steps you take.

Sometimes seeing the numbers can be a real wake up call. 5,000 steps a day is considered sedentary.

“Obviously the sedentary label comes with the higher risk of disease and chronic issues,” said Lewis. “5,000 is sedentary and up to 10,000 is considered active which is quite a few steps per day. I think I want to say I take between 5-7,000 per day as a physical therapist."

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