Physical activity is vital to maintaining health, and it doesn’t have to be difficult and time-consuming in order to be beneficial. Even if it’s been a while since the last time you were active, it’s not hard to get started. Set achievable goals for yourself that you can feel good about. For example, try walking to the neighbourhood store instead of driving.
If you have to cut the grass, try using a push mower instead of a riding mower. If you can, walk to the grocery store instead of driving. Take the stairs whenever you can. This will help you find the time in your busy schedule to be active. And, by including physical activity in your regular routine, it will become a habit.
Set small, attainable goals and celebrate in a healthy way each time you achieve one
You might not like to run, but love dancing to your favourite music. Or maybe swimming is not for you, but you enjoy walking or playing tennis. The more you look forward to being active, the more likely you will be to make time for it.
Exercising is fun when you’re in good company. Not only is it a great opportunity to build and strengthen relationships… having a partner can also motivate you to follow through and stick to your goals.
It may take several tries to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine. Don’t worry if you don’t succeed the first time, just stick with it.
Don’t forget to congratulate yourself for small accomplishments. Every step along the way toward a healthier life is something you can be proud of – and your body will thank you for it.
How active will you be today?
Note: Speak to your health care provider before beginning any challenging activities.