I hope everyone had a good weekend. I figured that the day after Halloween would be the perfect day to start the regular posting of resources for people. As I mentioned part of this blog is to provide a resource for my patients and others health tips, websites articles, youtube videos, books and even movies. I encourage people to post some of their ideas and success stories as well.
Each month, there will be two posts. One will be a posting that highlights a few resources that I have found that would be useful for patients. The second post will be a commentary written by either myself or one of the CHANGE Alberta team. If you sign up you will get a notification about the new posts.
Given all of us (Yes me included) are probably eating a few more chocolates or candy this week, I thought I would share a few link to inspire you to increase your activity.
So here are the a couple links that you may find interesting:
#1. Sitting Disease – Dr. Mike Evans
In a previous post I talk about the benefit of pedometers or electronic physical activity tracker like Fitbit, Jawbone or Garmin.
For me, wearing my device was a big eye-opener. I discovered that my days in the clinic seeing patients although were very busy were also very sedentary. I would come home and be physically tired and was surprised that I only had 2600 steps. But to be honest, I drove my car to the office, then was busy seeing patients in my clinic and then I drove home. To correct this sedentary routine I had two choices: 1) get out and exercise after (or before) work OR 2) find a way to get more steps during the day. I ended up choosing to take public transit half way to work and then walk the rest and repeat it at the end of the day. This 20 minutes walk twice a day help me get to about 10,000 steps during the day. I have now been doing this for over a year. Maybe you can find something similar? Do you take the elevator at work? Try take the elevator only part way and walking up a few floors. Make it part of your routine.
#2. Regular Exercise Is Part of Your Job by Ron Friedman
“Regardless of how you go about incorporating exercise into your routine, reframing it as part of your job makes it a lot easier to make time for it.”
#3. Get hooked on Nature
If you want to get outside but need some support check you the www.UWALK.ca and the MOVE program – www.moveyeg.ca
#4. Five ways to get more Steps in your day
Remember, try to add small changes to you life that you may be able to keep doing long-term.
And if you only have two minutes and you need something to make you smile check out the following:
#5. Nature RX
Get out for a walk before the snow comes or even better start a routine that you can keep up all winter!
Your observations are On the money. Unless I walk from clinic to GO bus and also take a walk on a hilly trail near us I cannot make 10000 steps