If one of your health goals is to become more active in your day, we know it can be hard to find the extra time. And when we have the time, say later in the evening, we’re often too exhausted from our long and stressful day to do anything!
Did you know that…
Only 1/5 of Canadian adults are active enough. In other words, only 20% of us are getting 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity per week for health benefits. For children and youth, the numbers are even lower. Only 1/10 (9%) of children and youth accumulate the recommended 60 minutes of activity per day.
Getting more physical exercise doesn’t necessarily mean long hours spent daily at the gym – it can be just making small adjustments which will form new healthy and active habits.
Involve your family, friends or partner
Committing to be more active is as easy as spending time with the ones you care about! Simply adjust what you normally do with your friends, family or loved ones and add a little daily activity!
- If your girlfriends like to get together for dinner once a week, suggest a brisk walk around the neighborhood first.
- Instead of playing video games at home, get your family out for bowling, hit the community pool, trampoline park, or virtual sports centre.
- If you’re family goes out to the movies once a week, try walking a few quick laps around the mall first (and skipping the giant, buttery popcorn!)
- Invite your spouse out for a short walk after dinner each night, or join a volleyball, indoor golf or badminton league!
And guess what? You’re friends, family and/or partner will feel better about their activity level too, and may encourage you when you feel like just being a couch potato!
There are a lot of easy ways to add a little more movement in your day, but doing it with the ones you most enjoy spending time with make it even more worthwhile.
Get moving Windsor – Essex! Your body will thank you!