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Getting Started with Your Physical Fitness!

January 9, 2013 by HealthyFamilies BC

Getting Started with Physical Activity


Many of us ask how we can better incorporate physical activities into our busy day.

The easy first step is to make the decision to commit to physical fitness, the next step is to read some of our suggestions to help get you there.

Okay, so you've decided to get moving, great! How do you start?  What should you do first?

Below are some suggestions to help you make physical activity part of your daily routine.  Still not sure? Contact one of the experts at the Physical Activity Line.

Choose An Activity You Enjoy

Physical activity doesn't have to involve classes or expensive equipment. From walking and jogging to gardening and housework – there are many ways to fit physical activity into your daily routine. However with such a variety of fun physical activities, you may have difficulty deciding what to try. The most important thing is to choose fun activities that you enjoy.

However, if you still find it difficult to get motivated, consider participating in an organized class or activity. Remember, you can rent or borrow equipment when trying a new activity.

Here are some great low and moderate impact options:

Low Impact Activities Moderate Impact Activities
Walking Aerobic exercise classes
Golf Strengthening and circuit classes
T'ai Chi Running and Jogging
Ballroom, square or line dancing Hiking
Gentle stretch and strengthening classes Cycling
Swimming Tennis, Racquetball and Squash
Aqua fitness classes Rowing
Bowling Canoeing and Kayaking
Yoga and Pilates Basketball
Badminton Volleyball
Gardening Orienteering
Instructional books and DVD's Cross-Country and Downhill Skiing

Tips to Get You Started

Whether you prefer solitary hikes or high-energy classes, here are some tips to help get
you started:

Wear appropriate clothing and footwear:

  • Wear comfortable, breathable clothing
  • Dress in layers to warm up or cool down more comfortably
  • Choose footwear with good cushioning and support
  • Ensure shoes fit properly to avoid blisters and chafing
  • Replace walking and running shoes every 700 to 800 kilometres

Choose the right facility. Many facilities offer:

  • A variety of fitness programs
  • 24 hour, early morning or late night access
  • Childminding services
  • Special rates for seniors and families
  • Drop-in and pre-registered classes

Use the right equipment:

  • Make sure racquets, bicycle frames and other equipment are sized correctly
  • Wear safety gear, such as helmets, approved by the Canadian Standards Association
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and stay hydrated

Stay Safe

  • Make sure equipment is checked and maintained before use
  • At night, walk or run with a partner, stick to well lit areas and wear reflective clothing
  • Follow established, well populated roads and paths and tell someone where you are going


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