Are you someone who doesn’t really like exercise or being active? If so, you’re not alone.
People have different reasons for not being active. It helps to think about some things that may be preventing you from taking the first step towards being more active.
Feel Intimidated or Worry about being Embarrassed
You might not go to a gym or an exercise class because you aren’t sure what to do at the gym or you worry you’ll do the exercises wrong and look silly. These tips may help.
Negative Past Experiences with Exercise
Many people haven’t been active since they were in gym class as children. Many people don’t remember it being fun.
Here are some tips to help you plan how you can be active and try to move past negative experiences.
Not Feeling Motivated
Even athletes don’t feel motivated sometimes. Here are some tips to help you feel motivated.
Being active is not just about going to a fitness centre, running long distances, or lifting weights.
There are many ways to add walking or other activities to your daily routine including:
There’s no limit to how many things you can do to be more active. Here are a few creative ideas to help get you moving.
When you try an exercise class or a new activity, do it with a friend so it’s a social outing too.
Here are some activities to try:
Make a list of activities you might be willing to try. Try some of them to see what you like doing. Try to choose things you’ll enjoy.
According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, adults should try to be active for at least 150 minutes a week (e.g., 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week or 3 times a day for 10 minutes for 5 days a week).
Whatever activities you choose, it will take energy and work to stay active and to stay motivated. Make sure you choose activities you like doing.
Good luck with your activity plan... now it’s time to get up and go.
Current as of: February 25, 2016
Author: Health Promotion, Alberta Health Services
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