Beat the treats: Five resources to increase your activity this season
I hope everyone had a good weekend. I figured that the day after Halloween would be the perfect day to start the regular posting of resources for people. As I mentioned part of this blog is to provide a resource for my patients and others health tips, websites articles, Youtube videos, books and even movies. I encourage people to post some of their ideas and success stories as well.
Each month, there will be two posts. One will be a posting that highlights a few resources that I have found that would be useful for patients. The second post will be a commentary written by either myself or one of the CHANGE Alberta team. If you sign up you will get a notification about the new posts.
Given all of us (myself included) are probably eating a few more chocolates or candy this week, I thought I would share a few links to inspire you to increase your activity.
So here are the a couple links that you may find interesting:
Sitting Disease – Dr. Mike Evans
In a previous post I talk about the benefit of pedometers or electronic physical activity tracker like Fitbit, Jawbone or Garmin.
For me, wearing my device was a big eye-opener. I discovered that my days in the clinic seeing patients although were very busy were also very sedentary. I would come home and be physically tired and was surprised that I only had 2600 steps. But to be honest, I drove my car to the office, then was busy seeing patients in my clinic and then I drove home. To correct this sedentary routine I had two choices: 1) get out and exercise after (or before) work OR 2) find a way to get more steps during the day. I ended up choosing to take public transit half way to work and then walk the rest and repeat it at the end of the day. This 20 minutes walk twice a day help me get to about 10,000 steps during the day. I have now been doing this for over a year. Maybe you can find something similar? Do you take the elevator at work? Try take the elevator only part way and walking up a few floors. Make it part of your routine.
Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job by Ron Friedman
“Regardless of how you go about incorporating exercise into your routine, reframing it as part of your job makes it a lot easier to make time for it.”
Get hooked on Nature
If you want to get outside but need some support check you the www.UWALK.ca and the MOVE program – www.moveyeg.ca
Five ways to get more Steps in your day
Remember, try to add small changes to you life that you may be able to keep doing long-term.
And if you only have two minutes and you need something to make you smile check out the following:
Get out for a walk before the snow comes or even better start a routine that you can keep up all winter!