Getting Started

Easy Tips to Get You Moving

Adding activity to your day may be easier than it seems! Try some of the tips below to get you started. Once you are regularly active, build more activity into your schedule. For example, for every trip that you will take, consider whether you can bike it or walk it!Biker riding bike on Greenway

  1. Start small! Great news...Getting active for just 10 minutes at a time, can get you healthier. So start getting active by taking a short bike ride or walk around your neighbourhood. Then, once you feel you can do more, add more time and actively visit further destinations.
  2. Do an activity you like! Try activities until you find one that you enjoy. Research tells us that if you do an activity that you like, you will continue to do it. So, if you love to ride your bike, then, ride your bike.
  3. Build active transportation into your day. Try to park 10 minutes from your office/school and walk the last 10 minutes. Try walking or biking with your kids to their sporting activities.
  4. Get active with friends, family, and/or coworkers. Many of us are more likely to continue being active if we do it with someone. We are also more visible and safe when we are active in larger numbers.
  5. Dress appropriately. Consider weather and wear layers of lightweight, comfortable fitting clothing that supports the activity that you are doing. Footwear should also support you to be comfortable and safe while being active.
  6. Water, water, water. Remember to always bring water and drink it before, during and after your activity to replace the fluids that you use during activity.
  7. Choose equipment that fits your body and your budget. Make sure that your bike is right for your body size and what you are doing. As kids tend to grow through bikes quickly, to save money, look for gently used bikes. 
  8. Be active outdoors when the sun is out and the weather is mild. Active people are almost invisible to a motorist during dusk, dawn, night, and bad weather. If you must be active during these times, wear good quality reflective attire and ensure equipment has proper lighting to be more visible. Remember to be safe at night.

Source:  Public Health Agency of Canada's "Tips to Get Active".

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