How do I get started?
Getting started with a physically active life doesn’t have to require a gym membership, fancy equipment or even a long journey from the house.
Follow these simple proven effective strategies and you will be on your way in no time.
1. Choose an activity you like
2. Choose a time that suits you
3. Set a goal
4. Start small
5. Wear comfortable clothes
6. Drink enough water
7. Grab a friend or family member
How much physical activity do I need?
Canada's Physical Activity Guide recommends building 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity into daily life for adults and at least 90 minutes a day for children and youth.
What are some ways to get started?
It is often hard to kick old habits and adopt new ones. Try some new ways to incorporate exercise into your busy schedule.
- Use your lunch hour to exercise - e.g. go for a walk, lift weights
- Make your commute active - walk or cycle to work
- Exercise first thing in the morning
- Exercise with your kids or family - incorporate physical activity into your family activities
- Exercise straight after work
- Walk instead of taking the bus or driving
The average 65 year old can expect an additional 12.7 years of healthy disability free life. however by becoming active they can expect an additional six years, increasing their disability free average to 84 years old.
There are many more reasons to increase the amount of physical activity in your life other than fitting those old jeans. Physical activity can:
- Increase life expectancy.
- Decrease health care costs.
- Reduce risk of heart disease, strokes and high blood pressure.
- Help with weight control.
- Help prevent chronic diseases (Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Colon and other cancers).
- Reduce stress and depression.
- Help you have a better nights sleep.
- Improve your mood.
- Help give you more energy.