Physical activity improves your health and quality o flife by boosting your energy, reducing stress and helping you achieve an dmaintain a healthy body weight.
It’s easy to set fitness goals and schedules, but the real effort comes in sticking to them.
Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living recommends 60 minutes of activity a day for adults. While 60 minutes seems like a lot, you can do it in 10 or 15 minute intervals during the day. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting a new fitness plan.
Here are some tips to help turn your goals into reality.
Play, play and play!
Do things you enjoy. Remember: Exercise should be a pleasure, not a burden.
Build Exercise into your daily routine, then it’s harder to skip.
Plan activities for each season so the weather doesn’t derail your efforts.
Track progress. Keep a daily log of what you do, e.g. use a pedometer and track your steps.
Get support! Team up with a friend and join a class. Keep each other motivated.
Choose activities that build endurance with activities such as walking, skating and dancing for improved cardlovascular fitness. Muscle strength, such as lifting weights, soup cans, toddlers or groceries. Joint flexibility with stretches, yoga or yard work.
Use the power of visualization.
Visualize yourself completing a workout and how great you’ll feel knowing you did it.
Celebrate successes. Buy a book or new gym shoes or some other item you want. Make sure to reward yourself when you reach your goals.