Physical Activity Challenges and Solutions

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Being active gives you that feel-good vibe that not only brightens your mood, it also does wonders for your body.

Being physically active is one of the most important things you can do to improve and maintain health.  That’s why it’s essential to find a way to make physical a positive and enjoyable part of your life. 

Here are some ideas to help you get that feel-good feeling every day.

Solutions for your exercise challenges:

  • Lack of time

    There are exercises you can do while at work and at home. National physical activity guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week to be healthy.  If you’re pressed for time, try doing 10 minutes of exercise three times a day to add up to 30 minutes.  Even a little exercise is better than none.

  • Lack of energy

    Exercising can actually give you more energy.  Start out by doing just a little bit, then gradually build it up.  This way you won’t feel as tired.

  • Lack of motivation

    Try different types of activity until you find something you like.  Picture yourself as an active person.  Start by going for a walk around the block, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator. 

    Start slowly and keep at it.  You may not like something the first time you do it but really enjoy yourself once you get better at it.   Ask your friends and family how they got started.

    Set small, realistic goals for yourself.  You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish over time.

  • I feel fine, I don't need to exercise

    You may not be ill, but that's not the same as being fit and well.  Your heart, lungs and circulatory system need a workout to keep you in top form for the rest of your life.     

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Get Inspired:

Learn how John Hyslop finds the time to be active, by combining exercise with other things that are important to him.

Find out how Sam Caragianakos was able to turn his life around by making small changes.

Dee Miller is one Ontarian who has learned that physical activity can renew strength and energy levels. 

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