The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines state that in order for adults to achieve health benefits they must complete at least 150 minutes (2.5hrs) of moderate to vigorous physical activity a week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. That’s only 20 minutes a day or roughly 30 minutes every other day. Yet, most of us don’t meet these guidelines. Why?
It is easy to get caught up in this notion that to be physically active or to be “healthy” one must go to the gym for hours on end every day. Therefore making the idea of being active or healthy daunting and more of a chore than something to strive for. But this notion couldn’t be farther from the truth. Physical Activity in simple is any bodily movement that increases heart rate above resting levels, which could be as simple as walking or as complex as competing in an ironman. It doesn’t have to look like four walls and weight racks, but hey if you enjoy that it still can.
Now when you think of someone who is “healthy” or a person who is active what do you picture? Are they tall and skinny? Does it seem like their muscles have muscles? Do they have a six- pack or better yet an eight-pack?
Healthy can look a number of different ways, it doesn’t discriminate against body sizes or prefers certain activities over others. Health is the difference between sitting down and standing up, it’s between the couch and outside, heath doesn’t care if you can lift 50 lbs or only soup cans. Healthy looks different on everyone.
But if health can look different, why do most of us imagine the same thing? Why do we choose to try and follow the trends or fitness crazes when there are so many other ways we can be active?
It is time to move away from our built-up misconceptions and start creating a new health journey, that is unique to YOU.
Here are some ideas of ways to be active that are different from just going to the gym to hopefully inspire you:
- Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
- Running, jogging, or walking
- Rock climbing
- Skiing or Snowboarding
- Cross Country Skiing
*Seriously an INCREDIBLE workout and SO MUCH FUN – easy for beginners too!
- Group Workout Classes (Spin, Pilates, Barre – have you tried any?)
- An Evening Walk
- Roller Blading
- Biking (Evening cruise or up and down mountains)
- Martial Arts
- Recreational Sports (check out your local recreation guide for leagues)
*Alone in your house in nothing but PJs or a class
And so much more! Have any other ideas? I would love to hear them, just comment below.