Making our Health our Priority
Have you ever said ‘’I should workout more’’, ‘’I feel sore even though I haven’t done anything
to be sore’’, ‘’I wish I had more time to exercise’’, or anything along those lines? In our society of
performance, and overachievement, it is sometimes hard to find time to take care of our physical and
Several studies have shown that a regular physical activity routine is related to general well-
being and lower levels of anxiety and depression. Physical activity also helps reduce chances of
developing heart diseases, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high levels of cholesterol, and so much more.
Although I am sure that this is not new information, it sure is good to be reminded every now and then.
Now, the big question is HOW do I fit this in my busy schedule?
Often, we think that we need to dedicate a 60 minute-session of super strenuous activity to
consider it an efficient workout. Wrong. The Canadian Guide to Physical Activity Guidelines suggests
that to witness the health benefits listed above, adults (18-64 years old) should perform minimum 150
minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic activity per week. Ideally, to get to those 150
minutes in bouts of 10 minutes or more. In conclusion, you could do fifteen bouts of 10 minutes and
you are good for the week. In a perfect world, we should get some strength training somewhere in
there to help with bone and muscle strengthening.
10 minutes is a short amount of time. It could be going around the block with a fast-paced walk.
Walking in the parking lot of the office building during lunch time. Doing 10 minutes of HIIT (High
Interval Intensity Training) right before you eat your lunch, as it is heating up. Another good
way to get it done is by playing with your kids - such as playing tag. You can also look for group classes in
your area that are for parents with their kids.
Now, all of this is very good in writing but when it comes to doing it, that is where people are
having more trouble. The best way is finding your core motivation. Why do YOU think you should
exercise more? Forget about what the government says, what I say, what the neighbor says, etc. Find
the most important reason for you. It could be, to be able to keep up with your kids, to reduce some of
the medication you are taking, to remove some of those aches that you have been getting as you get
older. It can also be your way of relieving stress, dealing with the anxiety that you are experiencing.
Any reason is a valuable reason.
If you need help to get started, you can always reach out to a kinesiologist such as myself. We
are there to make you move better, and to teach you a way of exercising that you can enjoy.
Our health is our priority