Did you know that over half of Latinas in the United States are not physically active?
“Latinas are the largest, fastest growing female ethnic minority in the USA and also report the lowest level of physical activity.”(1)
“It is estimated that the number of deaths due to physical inactivity is similar to the number of deaths due to smoking.” (1)
“It is estimated that that just over half (52%) of Latina girls born in this century will eventually develop diabetes.” (1)
These research findings are a call to action, ¡Comadres! If we, as Latinas, are to claim our rightful place in the world, raise strong, educated and healthy children, we have to take back this power and get moving!
Physical activity means moving your body, at a moderate intensity, in a way that uses up energy. It includes walking, dancing, running, cycling, hiking, climbing, swimming, lifting weights, doing yoga, stretching, gardening, running after your kids, and any other activity that you do when you move your body to use energy.
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination each week.(2) That means 30 minutes a day for 5 days. AND, you don’t even have to do it all at once. You can go for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon or evening. You can do it in the park or you can do it on safe street or you can do it at the mall. Heck, I know someone who does it in Walmart! BUT YOU CAN DO IT!
The research shows that when it comes to barriers to becoming more active, Latinas list time, energy, safety and lack of knowledge about physical activity as the main reasons why they don’t get more active. These are all real good reasons but we challenge you to find a solution, ¡Comadres!
It is ironic that lack of energy is a reason why some of us don’t get out there and move our bodies, yet, research shows that moving our body will give us energy!
But here are some encouraging research findings that we can grab on to:
Can you think of one fun way you can mover you body this week?
Can you commit to moving your body, poco a poco, until you build up to 30 minutes per day?
Who can you ask to go with you?
Don’t you deserve unos minutitos to go out with your comadre for unos mitotitos?
Remember our SMART Goal technique.