Move frequently and consistently throughout your day-to-day life
It’s very important to be physically active in many different ways, whenever possible. In addition to making active choices when outside of the office, it also means moving frequently and consistently throughout your day-to-day life.
Are you able to take a lunch break? Choose somewhere to eat that allows you to take a nice walk to get there. Or maybe there’s a lunchtime yoga class you could join, or perhaps a swimming pool where you can clear your head and do a few laps.
Lunch breaks are great opportunities to break up the day, get your blood flowing, and also complete the 30 minutes of moderate activity that’s recommended to get your heart moving. Not only that, but it often provides a moment to clear your head and practice mindfulness, which can be great for those of us who may spend a lot of the day stressed or worried about upcoming deadlines.
We’re not suggesting that you skip lunch — far from it! Eating regularly is important for your energy, your awareness, and your overall health. But when many of us have 30-60 minute lunch breaks, it’s very possible to manage your time in order to get a little bit of activity in while still enjoying our lunch. The key to making regular physical activity a long-term habit is to make it part of your everyday life.
Did you know? According to the Canadian Cancer Society, regular, daily physical activity may reduce the risk of breast cancer, lung cancer, and uterine cancer. To keep yourself motivated, consider wearing a pedometer to count your steps. By dedicating 30 minutes of moderate activity daily, you will strengthen your heart, your muscles, and your overall health and well being!