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Physical Fitness

Fitness is very important for good overall health. Studies have shown that exercise can improve sleep and self-esteem, as well as reduce stress and help to counteract depression.  Besides feeling better mentally, exercising can help protect you from heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.  Exercise can help you look younger, help increase and maintain bone density, lead to increased energy levels, and increased muscle strength. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week (American Heart Association, 2018).


  • MDHHS Healthy Michigan is an excellent resource for information and strategies on how to get started towards a healthier you. The Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan lays out strategies for reducing obesity and improving health and wellness.
  • National Institute on Aging-Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Exercise: When to check with your doctor first before starting a new exercise program.
  • There are more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails and pathways in our state, making Michigan home to one of the largest interconnected trail systems in the country. Check out the DNR State Trails to find a trail near you.
  • Pure Michigan Fitness endorses local, regional, and state events consistent with the Governor's Council mission to promote healthy choices, while offering a physical activity event open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age.

There are also an abundance of different mobile apps that can help you along your fitness journey. Consider using apps that count your steps, track your work outs, monitor your calorie consumption, and provide new ideas and group challenges to help motivate you to achieve your fitness goals.