Moving your body can do wonders for your health. Sometimes, it is hard to find the motivation to get up and get moving. Let’s be honest, after a long day of work, school, volunteering – sometimes the last thing you want to do is to get up and do physical activity. If you’re dealing with mental health struggles and haven’t done a lot in the day, it can still difficult to find motivation. That’s completely okay.
However, it’s important to consider adding some body movement into your daily routine. This can help reduce the risk of developing health conditions. Such as:
Also, staying active is not only good for your physical health. It can also be good for your mental and emotional health. Staying active can:
Some people might believe that a gym membership is a prerequisite for body movement. This is far from the truth. You can in fact be active without going to the gym.
Below are some tips on how to incorporate physical activity into your daily life:
Physical activity does not only involve walking, running, lifting, and/or playing sports. It can also include things like dancing, and yoga. If you do not like sports or running marathons, that is completely fine! Don’t pressure yourself to do things you dislike for the sake of doing them. Instead, find activities that bring you joy. Remember that any activity that gets you moving is great!
Check out this page for some physical activities you can do at home.
Using the gym is not a prerequisite for physical activity, but for some people, it might provide the motivation they need to stay active. The gym can be an intimidating place, especially if it is your first time going. It might feel like everyone is looking at you, or it might feel like you have no idea what you’re doing. You’re not alone. Chances are a lot of people in the gym feel just as insecure about being there. Below are some tips that might help you feel more comfortable in a gym:
Finally, have fun with it! The gym might seem like a very intense place, full of extremely fit and focused people. However, don’t let that distract or intimidate you! Remind yourself that you are doing this for you. Set small realistic goals, grab a friend, put on some music, don’t take yourself too seriously, and get started.
Although being physically active could potentially change your physical appearance, the internal health benefits of moving your body far outweigh the outside changes you might notice. If you have concerns about your exercise habits, or your body image talk with your doctor.
There is a good chance that you have been introduced to a variety of physical activities through your school. Or perhaps you are involved in team sports or other youth sporting activities in your communities while growing up. If you are approaching the end of your ‘youth’ involvement (usually around the year you turn 18), it is a good time to think about where you can continue to be a part of a team! Almost every youth activity is continued into adulthood. So don’t feel that you have to give up something that you love. Take this transition time as a great opportunity to try something new!
Organized sports can be a great way to meet new people during transitions in your life. It can give you a sense of belonging and acceptance. It can also be a great way of maintaining accountability and motivation for your physical activity!
Another option is to stay connected to your youth sport. You can do this by becoming a volunteer, assistant coach, coach, or referee. There are many ways you can still contribute to help other young people enjoy something that was important to you as a young person.
Most cities have recreational or competitive team leagues for sports – hockey, soccer, basketball, and many others. Post-secondary schools also often have intermural leagues that you can join to continue your involvement. Most leagues have a “looking for a team” section. You can post your personal information and expect to be contacted. There may also be a “looking for players” section. This is where teams put a notice when they are hoping to have new members join. You could also connect with a teammate from your youth team. Going together on this new adventure can help make things feel easier.
There are too many options to list here but don’t be shy to look up what exists in your area.
Stay active! Stay healthy!
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All information on this site is intended to provide assistance and guidance but cannot replace the care of a medical professional.