Getting Active

Being active does not require joining a class or a program. Active Living for “U” encourages you to be active on your own time, at your own pace, wherever you happen to be.

There are many options for you to work active living into your daily routine. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Choose those daily activities you like the best to keep your motivation high.

At Home

  • Go for a walk with your family
  • Park farther away from the store when you go shopping or run errands
  • Limit the time your children spend watching TV, surfing the net or playing video games and actively play with your children
  • Get off the bus a couple of blocks early and walk the rest of the way, or walk a couple of stops further to catch the bus
  • Encourage your family to do something active during your family time such as biking, walking, rollerblading, play catch, or go swimming
  • Provide your kids with the opportunities to be active, find after school activities like sports clubs, volunteer opportunities, or fine arts for them to participate in, and consider volunteering yourself
  • On short trips walk, cycle, or rollerblade instead of driving
  • Rent or buy an exercise DVD from your local movie store that you can do at home
  • Take 10 minutes in the morning when you wake up or before you go to bed for some light stretching
  • Take your family to community events such as festivals or farmers markets and enjoy the time as a family

At Work

  • Use part of your lunch breaks to be active, go for a brisk walk or climb the stairs in your office
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible
  • Get a group of friends together and start up a walking club, you can pick different routes and reward yourselves with a healthy lunch out
  • When you are working, get up and do some stretches and bending for a few minutes every hour
  • Do the activities you are already doing more often
  • Contract your stomach and back muscles while sitting in your chair at work for 10 seconds intermittently throughout the day
  • Try some Office Yoga while sitting at your desk 

Staying Motivated

  • Be adventurous and try a new activity today or this weekend
  • Start with 10 minutes a day of physical activity and build on it

Contact Us

Organizational Health and Effectiveness
Phone: 
780-492-2249
Fax: 780-492-0798
E-mail: org.health@ualberta.ca

Recreation Services
Phone:
780-492-2555
E-mail: campusrec@ualberta.ca

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