Breaking down barriers to physical activity! How can even the busiest people incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.

The best thing you can do for your health is become more active. Incorporating regular exercise into your daily life is something that has global benefits to your health and well-being. From helping with weight loss, lowering blood pressure to assisting with improvements in mood and increasing productivity (CSEP, 2019) But let’s face it, not everyone has the privilege of being able to exercise for a living like I do.  Most people are all far to busy with their work, family, and keeping up with everything else there is to do in life to take some time to improve their health.  Also, gyms can be intimidating and scary places where many people don’t feel comfortable, running hurts and is hard, not everyone can afford a bike or lives in an area where it is safe to cycle, and many people still don’t know how to swim or don’t feel comfortable going to a public swimming pool.  One of my main goals as a professional athlete is to break down barriers to physical activity and inspire people to become more active. So over the next few months my blog posts are going to revolve around offering tips and tricks on how even the busiest of people can integrate physical activity into their daily lives. 

 

When a new patient comes to see me and is interested in integrating physical activity into their life, some of the first questions I ask are “What do you enjoy doing?” and “What is realistic for you given your current lifestyle”. I’m a firm believer that we have spent umpteen years developing a lifestyle and little old me is not going to turn your lifestyle upside down in one visit. Making a lifestyle change is hard and needs to be done slowly and wisely to ensure that it sticks.  These questions are also important because there is no one perfect workout. The best workout for you is one that you will enjoy doing, because that is what is going to motivate you to do it. At least 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day is recommended for optimal health and wellness (CSEP, 2019) 20-30minutes! Per Day! That is a lot of time! So we may as well make it fun!  

 

Over the next few months I’m going to dive into some tips and tricks around different ways to integrate physical activity into your daily life!  You may see some things that you think will work for your and you may see some that you don’t think will work for you. You may try something that you thought would work but didn’t and you may try something that you thought wouldn’t work but it did. At the end of the day my goal is to inspire you to get out and move more, regardless of what that looks like. As always I’m open to suggestions of topics to cover and happy to dive into any topic further if you would like.

 

 

If you want more information of exercise guidelines check out the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology (CSEP) at: https://csepguidelines.ca/ for more great resources.

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