Feb-2015_Women-in-Sports_2-HYR-Blog-ImageryRegular exercise is so important for good health. But many people still don’t get enough of it. The National Girls and Women in Sports Day Coalition is trying to change that by sponsoring National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 4. They’re encouraging women to get more active by getting involved in recreational sports.

Both kids and adults can play recreational sports. So in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of playing sports.

  • Enjoy a great workout. Sports like soccer, basketball, and volleyball can be serious cardio workouts. But even less demanding sports, such as softball and bowling, can improve coordination, strengthen muscles, and get you moving.
  • Hang out with friends. No need to work up a sweat all alone. Get a group of friends together to form a team. Or meet new people and bond together over a little friendly competition.
  • Have fun. Sports can be a lot of fun. And when you’re having fun, you’re less likely to feel that you’re working out. That can help keep you from getting bored with or burned out by your exercise routine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get 60 minutes or more of physical activity a day. Adults need a minimum of 150 minutes a week. That might seem like a challenge. But playing sports is a fun, social way to get your daily dose of physical activity.

Just remember to talk to your doctor before you start, especially if you haven’t been active in a while. He or she can review your current health and fitness level and make sure it’s safe for you to play.