Are you all ready for your holiday celebrations? We hope you‘re finding time to relax, be active, and enjoy your beautiful surroundings. If you’re anything like me and still at the mall shopping for last minute gifts, make sure to walk that extra lap (or two) before you leave!
Over the holidays, I like to take the time to reflect on what I accomplished this past year. I also think about what I want to improve or achieve next year. For me, being specific about what I want to achieve and how I will do it, has always been the biggest motivator.
Motivation has such a great influence on how much physical activity you do and how often you do it. Knowing what drives you to be active can help you set goals and stick to reaching them.
Set yourself up for success in the new year; think about your own past accomplishments and plan ahead for an active lifestyle in the new year. Here’s help:
- Getting Started: Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Here are tips to help you take that first step to become physically active.
- Setting goals: Whether you have a new year’s resolution in mind or not, it’s best to make small, manageable goals. Learn more about setting healthy lifestyle goals you can achieve.
- Finding time: Instead of sitting at your work station, during lunch hour, get out and move! A brisk power walk, playground exercises, or a half hour jog are all doable. Here’s how to make it happen.
- Using the right tools: Try writing down a decision balance – it’s one tool that can help you understand what’s preventing you from being active and the reasons why you might want to change.
- Finding inspiration: If you enjoy following sports, get inspired by some of your favourite athletes. Read how we got inspired by last year’s Canada Winter Games. Or learn from Paralympians and Olympians and how, for these athletes, keeping sports fun is as much of a priority as staying motivated to have an active life after competition.
The best advice I can give anyone out there wanting to become active is, find something you enjoy doing. On behalf of all of us here at the Physical Activity Line, have fun, sweat a little, and have a safe and happy holiday season.
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