Ten ways to keep active this winter

Some suggestions for how to keep active during the winter months.

1. Set small, achievable goals, such as running on the spot during the commercials of your favourite TV show or committing to walking 20 minutes a day. Whatever it is, the sooner you commit to it, the sooner you will feel the benefits.

2. Create an activity calendar for a month, with daily goals – such as going for a swim or playing a game of tag. If you have kids, ask them to help create the goals.

3. Keep it simple and just go for a short walk! It doesn’t have to be outdoors – find a local community centre with a running track, pop into a mall, or walk around your office building with co-workers. Any opportunity to rack up the recommended 10,000 steps a day is a good one.

4. Visiting a friend out of town? Pack your workout gear and make a point of joining them at their gym/workout class.

5. Embrace the cold and snow. Make a day of it or just take an hour. Bundle up and go tobogganing, build a snowman, try snowshoeing or hit the mountains to go skiing.

6. Involve the kids. Children need between 60 and 180 minutes of physical activity a day, so try joining them for a game in the backyard. Enjoy a family walk after dinner to check out the holiday decorations.

7. Get the whole family together and have a dance party. Crank the tunes and have fun while you do the dishes!

8. Use the Internet. While more screen time is not usually associated with active living, you can use it to learn the basics of a new dance, yoga or tai chi to find out if you like it before committing to formal instruction or classes.

9. Check out your local parks and recreation centre. They have activities to suit all ages, budgets and schedules – allowing you to be active and meet new people.

10. Looking for more? Call the Physical Activity Line (http://www.physicalactivityline.com/) 1 877 725-1149, a free phone line and online resource for credible physical activity and healthy living information.

For more information and tips on how to stay active visit: www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca

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