On the Second day of Well-Mas, Santa gave to me two calisthenics

Winter-WalkingWe all know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives, and are generally more productive and at a lower risk for injuries and illnesses. Physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk for over 25 chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Canadian guidelines recommend that adults get 150 minutes of physical activity a week, but according to the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) only 15% of Canadian adults attain this level of activity.

Getting active doesn’t have to mean sports. It can include ever day things like walking the dog, gardening, raking the leaves or even building a snowman or going tobogganing! Start off slow and increase your amount of physical activity over time to meet your new recommendations. You also don’t need to exercise for thirty minutes at a time, if it’s easier for you spread out your work out to ten minutes, three times a day.

Tips for Getting Active

  • Find activities you enjoy – try out different things like yoga, spinning or jogging until you find the one that’s right for you!
  • Get into a routine – exercise is just as important as eating right so set aside time in your day for physical activity just like you do for your meals.
  • Change your transportation – whenever you can walk or bike instead of taking the car or take the stairs at work instead of the elevator.
  • Join a team – join a sports team or running club. Having other people with you can motivate you to work harder and make exercising more fun!
  • Make family time physically active – take a walk through the park or play a family game of soccer or basketball!

Benefits of Physical Activity

  • Living longer and healthier!
  • Decreased stress
  • Sleeping better
  • Increased energy
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About Jav Girl

1) Background: - Originally from Guelph, ONT, - Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, - Workplace Wellness & Health Promotion (WWHP) Post-Graduate Certificate from Centennial College - Completed my WWHP placement at UHN - Hired at UHN August 2008 2) Passions: - I love to run! Nothing beats a runner's high! =) 3) Achievements: - Competed at the National Track & Field Champions for Javelin [I named my javelin 'Orville' after the Wright brothers who invited the airplane - as I wanted my javelin to 'fly'] 4) "I love what I do because . . . it allows me to help others incorporate aspects of a healthy lifestyle into their lives. I've always wanted to help people get active and live better lives; I just never knew it could be my day job.' 5) Book Recommendation: 'Mindless Eating' by Brian Wansink and 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin

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