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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6416
FAX: (213) 639-1034

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Active Living
Tips for an Active Life

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Why Stay Active?

Despite what you may think, exercising can be fun! There’s a reason why so many people are obsessed with it. Here are some benefits to exercising:

  • Look sexy for yourself

  • Be confident when posting pictures of yourself on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat

  • Flex those strong and toned muscles

  • Relieve stress

  • Spice up your sex life

  • Take an awesome selfie… without wanting to use a filter

  • Be the MVP in your club soccer team

  • Be a role model to your younger siblings and cousins

  • Break the cycle of diabetes and heart disease in your family

How Much Activity?

All you need is the time it takes to play your favorite song seven times! That’s at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. Make sure to get in some strengthening exercises too—read on to learn more.

It is recommended that you walk at least 10,000 steps daily to stay healthy. You can reach this goal by doing three of the activities in the next section!

Fun Ways to Stay Active

  • Go salsa dancing

  • Take a walk  

  • Jog/run while listening to your favorite music

  • Play your favorite sport

  • Stand up during commercials while watching TV

Lifting weights is a great way to build strength, but what if you don’t have a gym membership? These strengthening exercises can help build strong, healthy muscles:

  • Push-ups

  • Sit-ups

  • Yoga

  • Planks

  • Squats

  • Lunges

Check out this website for more.

More Information:

Get walking with this 12-week walking schedule

Six-Week Beginner Walking Plan

10 Kick-Ass Moves to Train Like a Champion

Exercising Plans

10 Workout Secrets from the Pros

Tips for Long-term Exercise Success


Nike+ Training Club (Available in Spanish)

Sworkit (Available in Spanish)

Lose It! – Weight Loss Program and Calorie Counter (Available in Spanish)   iOS   Android

Daily Cardio Workout (Available in Spanish)  iOS   Android


How to Start Exercising

Cardio Kickboxing Workout

33 Minutes Salsa Cardio Workout For Weight Loss

Zumba Dance Workout For Beginners

Fitness Flicks - How Intense Is Your Workout?



1.     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015). The Benefits of Physical Activity. Retrieved from: 

2. Mayo Clinic. (2014). Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity. Retrieved from:



FAMILIA en español

Family Planning
Planning Your FAMILIA Contraception Options

Active Living      
Tips for an Active Life
Stretching and Soreness

Maintain a Healthy Weight     
What is a Healthy Weight and
Why Should You Achieve It?

Healthy Ways to Lose Weight
Achieve a Healthy Weight by Managing Stress and Sleeping More

Improve Nutrition
Recommendations for Eating Healthy      
Healthy Eating Out      
Healthy Beverages

Less Stress       
What is Stress?      
What is Depression?     
What is Anxiety?

Prevent STIs
Prevent sexually transmitted infections

Address Abuse   
Healthy Relationships      
Abusive Relationships

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