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7 Ideas for Keeping Active Year-Round

October 16, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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As Canadians we experience four distinct seasons, each with their own joys and challenges! During the colder seasons, keeping physically active can be tougher. Let’s face it, we can all find excuses to not be as active during these months: the weather is bad (rain, ice, snow…oh my!), too dark too early and there just isn’t enough time, to name a few. Remember that old saying "where there’s a will there’s a way"? Here’s help to boost your willpower! Read on to see our seven tips to motivate you to stay physically active year-round:

  1. Find two ways to be active - if for some reason you can’t do one, then you have a backup. For example, plan on doing a power walk at lunch but if the weather is really bad, drop-in to a fitness class after work.
  2. Schedule time to be active in your day-timer or calendar and set a reminder on your smartphone.
  3. Prepare your gear, gym bag, and a snack for after your activity ahead of time.
  4. If your activities will be outdoors, keep safe with reflective clothing. Read our blog on how to dress for winter activities for more tips on braving all the elements.
  5. Seize the opportunity to explore wintertime-activities. Snowshoeing is great cardio!
  6. Turn “chores” into an opportunity to be active. Shoveling snow, for example, is not necessarily considered fun but it increases muscular strength. If you can’t beat it, join it!
  7. Buddy up. Being active with another person can help motivate you and make your workouts more fun and consistent. For owners of four-legged friends, keep in mind that dogs like to walk (and run) too

The fact of the matter is, the health benefits you get from physical activity are more valuable and sustainable when you’re active year-round. With a little planning you will be able to weather the storm through those winter months. Last but not least, remember that the staff at the Physical Activity Line can help you brainstorm and find the ideal activity for you!

Related blogs:

Tips to Prevent Winter Sport Injuries
Bring Back Winter Play

Recommended resources:

British Columbia Parks: Top 10 Winter Experiences

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