Keeping active and well
Keeping active is an important part of being healthy and happy. Our activity levels have a huge impact on our mental and emotional health, as well as how we feel physically.
You’ll notice I don’t often use the word exercise, and that’s because people tend to think of the gym, or someone running marathons – which to be honest isn’t what I’m all about.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about what staying “active” really means, and how much we need to do to stay healthy.
What do the experts agree on?
The average adult should be aiming for:
- 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week, and
- muscle strengthening activities on 2 or more days of the week that work all major muscle groups
You can break it up into smaller pieces – even as short as 10 minutes at a time. And the type of activity recommended isn’t real specific. You can do whatever you want – as long as you’re moving around and getting your heart rate up and challenging your muscles. Want more information?
- Download the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (for adults 18-64 years)
- Download the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines (for older adults 65+ years)
Find something that works for you (again, we’re all snowflakes!)
Everyone is going to find that different things work for them. You have to find what works for you, your routine, your budget, and your habits – as well as your own body’s needs.
I believe that it’s important for me to spend some time outside, move around a lot (all my jobs and many of my hobbies involve me sitting in a chair in front of a computer), and get my exercise while I’m doing something “else”. For me, it needs to be fun and interesting. I have an intense dislike for working out at the gym or running long distances.
However, I do like dancing, hiking, walking in pretty places, and doing some strength training in the comfort and privacy of my own home. So those are the kinds of things that I do.
I find this video particularly effective at getting me moving whenever I’m feeling lazy. Does it work for you?