Stay Active During Winter Months Urges Health Ministry
Prince George, B.C. – While the motivation may not be there, be sure to stay to active during the winter months.
That from B.C.’s ministry of health, who have also released 12 holiday tips to help stay fit.
1. Create an activity calendar for a month, with daily challenges for staying healthy.
2. Go tobogganing, build a snowman or try snowshoeing.
3. If it’s raining, get your gum boots on and play in the puddles.
4. Clean your home. Housework over the holidays counts as physical activity.
5. Check out your local parks and rec centres as they usually have activities for all ages.
6. Go for a short walk – there are lots of places, including the mall, that can help you rack up the recommended 10,000 steps a day.
7. Run errands on foot. Park at the far end of the lot or leave the car at home.
8. Start small: do jumping jacks during commercials, or commit to the stairs everywhere you go.
9. Take your workout gear. Bringing your workout clothes to work gives you one less reason to skip post-work exercise.
10. Go play in the back yard with your kids. Children need between 60 and 180 minutes of physical activity a day, so go join them.
11. Go dancing.
12. If looking for a new activity, use online videos to try out the basics of yoga, tai chi or a new dance.
If these tips aren’t enough, you can call the Physical Activity Line at 1-877-725-1149 or visit http://www.physicalactivityline.com/, for more information on physical activity and healthy living.
The ministry says adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week in sessions of 10 minutes or more and note by doing so can help you to reduce your risk of premature death, heart disease and stroke.