Pathways to Wellness

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Tackling barriers to being active

“No time.”

For adults, improved health comes with spending 30 minutes a day engaged in moderate to vigorous activity. Where can you find the time in your busy days?

  • Cut down screen time, the equivalent of one sitcom per day.
  • Use part of your lunch hour.
  • Find three 10-minute blocks of time throughout the day.
  • Instead of getting together for coffee, spend “active” time with family and friends.

“It hurts.”

If you haven’t been very active, begin slowly. You can start with 10 minutes of activity three times a week and see how it goes. If you are tired or sore, slow down. But if you feel okay, or even energized, you can begin to increase the number of times per week, the amount of time you spend being active, or how hard or fast you are moving.

“Too tired.”

The funny thing about regular physical activity is that it usually increases energy. Hang in there. Look at why you are tired. Getting a solid 7-8 hours of sleep per night is important. Learn more about sleep, by reading more at Sweet Dreams. Also keep in mind that being active generally improves sleep.

"Not healthy or fit enough.”

Physical activity is possible and good for most people. There is good evidence that increases in physical activity can improve the health of people who have a chronic condition. If you want to become more active and are between the ages of 15-69 years, take the PAR-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) to see if you should check with a physician or community health nurse before you increase your activity. If you are 69 years of age or older and not very active, it’s a good idea to discuss your goals with your health care provider.

"It’s boring.”

If you find one activity boring, try another. There’s a fun, interesting way of being active for everyone. If dancing, walking, hiking or curling aren’t your style, try lifting weights or running. Keep trying different ways of being active until you find ones which fit your lifestyle. It’s helpful to find a few ways of being active that you enjoy – people who find activities which “work for them” are more likely to keep them up!

“Too dark, too cold.”

Getting out in the winter in the Yukon can be hard. But the biggest hurdle might be in our minds. Having the right clothes and footwear makes it all possible. As the saying goes, there’s no bad weather, just bad clothes. Depending on the time of day you go out, you may want to light the way with a headlamp. Try fun outdoor activities like snowshoeing, skiing or skating. And find some indoor activities that you enjoy – mix up the indoor and outdoor pursuits. Inviting someone to join you almost always increases fun and motivation.

Check out ideas for how to make changes at Small steps, big rewards.

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