get healthy

for the people that depend on you.

Start with exercise.

Exercise is important

    It can help you:

  • Live longer, to be there for the people you love
  • Reduce your risk for heart disease, cancer, and stroke
  • Control weight, reduce fat and decrease your risk of obesity
  • Build strong bones and muscle
  • Reduce risk of depression
  • Improve your mental health
  • Sleep better
  • Feel better


  • Adults (ages 18 and up) need to be active 30 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week
  • Kids and teens (ages 6-17) need to be active 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week

Get Started

1. Start Slowly

You can put yourself at lower risk of dying early by doing at least 150 minutes a week (about 20 minutes a day) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more tips from the CDC on how to overcome barriers to physical activity:

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2. Set Goals

Set small goals for yourself and your family, and increase them over time, to help make physical activity part of your routine. You can do things like:

  • Talk to your family about the importance of exercise
  • Find a nearby indoor fitness facility
  • Make a daily exercise schedule
  • Replace a half hour of TV watching with a walk, or play with your kids
  • Find an exercise buddy

3. Stick With It

Set a positive example for your kids and family by staying physically active. Find creative ways for your family to be physically active together, to get the whole family moving and having fun!

For more tips from Let's Move to help make physical activity part of your family’s routine:

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Be Active

Find a local workout facility

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A local workout facility will have exercise equipment and may also offer the following:

  • Exercise Classes
  • Basketball Courts
  • Swimming Pools
  • Dance
  • Climbing Walls
  • Indoor Tracks

Take a break from TV

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If you regularly watch TV, challenge yourself to get up during the commercial breaks and get your body moving by jogging in place, doing sit-ups, or doing jumping jacks.

Get up and take a walk

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Even if it’s just around the office.
Use a pedometer to count your steps each day.
You can purchase wearable pedometers on the internet or at a sporting goods store.
Some smartphones also have built-in pedometers.

Start with a goal of 5,000 steps per day. Slowly increase that number over time until you reach 10,000 steps or more per day.

Summer Activities

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Here are some fun summer activities:

  • Walk, Jog, or Run
  • Jump Rope
  • Hike
  • Bike
  • Rollerskate
  • Throw a frisbee
  • Garden
  • Pow Wow Dance
  • Take part in the Michigan Indian Family Olympics

Winter Activities

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Here are some fun winter activities:

  • Ski
  • Snowboard or Snowshoe
  • Build a snowperson
  • Play tag in the snow or shovel snow with your kids
  • Do Aerobics
  • Do Yoga
  • Lift Weights
  • Chop Wood