ParticipACTION’s “Sneak it in Week” is about to launch, on Monday, April 7th. The premise behind this campaign is to encourage all of us to get moving throughout the day, even if it’s only ten minutes at a time. So grab your sneakers and let’s find the time to sneak it in!
I’m guessing I wasn’t the only one that grew up with Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod gracing my television set in an effort to encourage Canadians to keep fit and have fun!
I don’t know what kind of impact the advertisements had on me, but I’m pretty sure my parents took it to heart, and encouraged (err, booted) me and my sisters outdoors to play. In the winter it was climbing our big hill to whiz down on a crazy carpet, climbing back up the hill countless times, and in the summer months we made our way over to “the wharf” for swimming lessons. These are some of my fondest memories of my childhood and likely a catalyst of my healthy lifestyle today!
We’ve had a less than ideal winter this year; even the embracers of winter have had a tough time dealing with the snow that quickly turns to slush. I made it out on my snowshoes once only to end up slogging home in the rain! I am hoping that Mother Nature is going to turn things around in time for our “sneak it in” week.
How will you sneak it in? Here are some tips:
Step 1: Have those sneakers handy! Try keeping a spare pair in your car or at the office, so when you find yourself with some spare time to fit in a walk or gym session you have no excuses.
Step 2: Schedule it in! Every Sunday I plan out my weekly workouts, enter them into my calendar and treat them like I would a business meeting. You wouldn’t stand up a colleague, so why would you stand up your future healthier self?
Step 3: Have a buddy (aka: accountability partner) You’ll be less likely to skip a workout if you know someone is counting on you to join them, and the workout passes more quickly with a friend.
Step 4: Boot yourself out the door! If you have a furry four-legged friend, they will appreciate the effort also. Despite the ugly temperatures, I promise you, you won’t regret that walk.
Step 5: Take a break. Sitting is the new smoking in terms of harmfulness to your health. Take breaks every few hours and walk around, take it outside during lunch and get that body moving!
Step 6: And finally, remember why exercise is important to you. I don’t need to tell you about the benefits of exercise – weight loss, improved moods, disease prevention and more – but when you’re debating: should I stay or should I go, these motivators could give you the push in the right direction!
If you’ve been waiting for better weather, more time, more energy…make April 7th your start date for an improved lifestyle. Go on, you can do it!
I will leave you with one of my favourite quotes:
“Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness” — Edward Stanley
Becky Davison is the Chamber’s Marketing & Communication Specialist. She manages the Chamber communications including Business Voice, Outlook and All Ships Rise. Becky develops content and works with members to ensure that issues are being covered and communicated through our membership and business community. Media releases, internal and external communications and managing web content are also Becky’s responsibilities. Becky can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (902) 481-1234.