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Family Walks

December 26, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Family Walks

Schools out, kids are home, family members and old friends are in from out of town and the holidays are in full swing!

Last week the Healthy Families BC team and I challenged parents across BC to include increased activity and decreased screen-time for themselves as well as their children over this holiday season.

In line with this challenge, I'm promoting a great and exceptionally healthy method for families to reunite with each other and their close friends.

What is this amazing catching up tool? I'll give you some hints:

  • It's fun, easy to do (most people can do this regardless of age) and it's FREE!
  • It helps improve cholesterol and blood sugar profiles
  • It increases the function of our heart and lungs
  • It helps to strengthen and optimize our muscles, bones and joints
  • It helps us maintain a healthy weight and decreases the amount of fat we store!
  • It helps our immune system and allows us to recover from exertion, stress, illness and or injury much faster
  • It assists in keeping our mood positive, improves our psychological well-being and increases our energy!

I'm sure by now most of you are looking at this list and seeing a few familiar items. In addition, I'm sure that some if not all of these items were on most of our holiday wish-lists for our family and friends.

So if you want to give the gift that keeps on giving (i.e. good health) this holiday season and catch up with your friends and family in a meaningful way... bundle up, get outside and go for a few nice long WALKS!!!

Here are some great resources to assist you:

Walk BC
Physical Activity Line (8-1-1)

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Comments (4)


Posted on Monday December 26, 2011 a 12:08pm

My husband and are definitely big on walking. It's a great activity that let's you enjoy the outdoors and get some fresh air after a whole day of being indoors

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Posted on Wednesday December 28, 2011 a 3:27pm

Dear CatherinetheGreat,

Thank you for reading and commenting. It's awesome to see that you and your husband are taking action in meaningful ways! Keep reaping the benefits that walking and the great outdoors have to offer! A big cyber high five to the both of you :)

P.S. If you need some advice on how to make the most of your walks (eg. incorporating strengthening activities) please don't hesitate to contact the Physical Activity Line (, 1-877-725-1149.

Make it a great holiday!




Posted on Friday December 30, 2011 a 1:06pm

Love Walking!!! and it keeps the Family tied and intune to the days happenings ! When you do it together Then come home and do the dishes!


Posted on Friday December 30, 2011 a 8:01pm

Moved to BC over a year ago. Not having family here, I've been involved with various outdoor recreation groups to get outdoors to walk ,hike and to get to know the GVRD while increasing my social network and to make new friends.


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