YOUR HEALTH and getting active

YOUR HEALTH and getting active

Physical activity is a great way to have fun, stay healthy, and help us to stick to our New Year’s resolutions! Exercise can help prevent many common illnesses, strengthens and protects bones and joints, and can keep you independent throughout life. It’s never too late to start exercising, and incorporating aerobic, resistance training, and flexibility exercises can have many advantages. Even if you are able to do small amounts at a time, a little extra activity is better than no activity.

Before you start:

  • Consult a health care professional to ensure that you are able to begin exercising.
  • Think about the types of exercises you like; the more you enjoy what you’re doing, the more motivated you will be to continue.
  • Encourage friends and family to get active too. Exercising as a family is a great way to help children develop healthy habits for life.

While you exercise:

  • Warm up for 10 minutes and stretch gently while the muscles are nice and warm
  • Make sure you are exercising at the right level: exercise should be challenging, but you shouldn’t be in pain.
  • Proper technique is essential to improve fitness and prevent injury.
  • Use the correct equipment and wear the right shoes for your activity.
  • Stay hydrated, especially if you are doing a high-intensity exercise or the weather is warm or humid.

After you exercise:

  • Cool down gradually and stretch thoroughly.
  • Continue to drink water and remain hydrated.
  • Give your body time to rest: add variety and incorporate other activities into your routine.
  • Remember that there are other ways to keep active in your life – try taking the stairs or walking when you are travelling short distances.

Simple changes can make a big difference for a healthy lifestyle!