Regular activity will improve your health. It will make you stronger and less likely to become ill. If will keep your thinking, learning, and judgment skills sharp and improve your mood…and it’s fun!!

Be active

Make activity enjoyable

Pick an activity (or range of activities) that appeals to you, since you’re more likely to keep to an exercise plan if you like it.

Choose activities that suit your lifestyle

Consider your budget, physical abilities and amount of free time.

Check out local activity options

Opportunities to be active in your neighbourhood may include leisure centres, sports clubs, parks, walking trails, swimming pools or exercise classes.

Make activity a social event

Find a friend or family member to be active with so you can motivate and reward each other, or make some new friends through a class or club.

Have bad weather options

Head to your local swimming pool or gym to exercise indoors.

Keep some exercise equipment at home

Options include exercise DVDs, a stationary bike, skipping rope or fitness ball.

Have fun being active

Go dancing, fly a kite, throw a frisbee or swim in the sea – you’re not limited to sports and structured exercise programs.

Get active around the house

Housework, washing the dog and gardening are all physical activities that burn calories and help keep you fit.

Look for incidental ways to be active

For example, walk or cycle to the local shops, instead of driving the car. Use the stairs instead of the lift or escalator.

Involve the whole family in keeping fit

Arrange for outings that are physically active, such as walking the dog, rowing or hiking.

Adapted from:
Better Health Channel

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