Need a fitness goal?

Struggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a healthy weight can reduce your risk for certain types of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Working out can also help you feel less stressed and strengthen your muscles and bones, among other benefits. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of high-intensity exercise a week for adults, according to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Children should participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. Adults can set a good example by moving more and encouraging kids and teens to exercise with tips from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

Continue reading to find additional info on exercising to get better health

The start of the Elks race in 2014
The start of the Elks race in 2014

If you want a goal to work for, there are a number of road races and walks coming up in Franklin in May. 

  • May 2 – Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee 5th Annual (5 mile run, 1.5 walk, 3.5 walk)  register here  
  • May 17 – 14th Annual HMEA Independence 5K Run and Walk, Roll and Stroll   register here