Are you someone who doesn’t really like to be active or exercise? If so, you’re not alone.
People have different reasons for not being active. It helps to think about some things that may stop you from taking the first step toward being more active.
Feel Intimidated or Worried about Being Embarrassed
You might not go to a gym or an exercise class because you’re not sure what to do at the gym. You may 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 at school. A lot of people don’t remember it being fun.
Here are some tips to help make a plan for how you can be active and start to move past negative experiences.
Not Feeling Motivated
Even athletes don’t feel motivated sometimes. Here are some tips to help you get 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 activity to your daily routine. Some of these include:
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 any 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. Choose things you’ll enjoy.
According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, adults should try to be active at a moderate level for at least 150 minutes a week. This works out to 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week, or 10 minutes at a time 3 times a day for 5 days a week. It is also helpful to do activities that build the strength of your muscles and bones of at least 2 days each week.
No matter what activity you choose, it’ll take energy and work to stay active and keep motivated. Choosing activities that you like doing and are fun will make this easier.
Good luck with your activity plan...now it’s time to get up and go.
Current as of: October 24, 2018
Author: Chronic Disease Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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