Being more physically active can help you feel better, deal with stress more easily, and handle day-to-day activities more comfortably. If you’ve already started on a fitness program, here are some things you can do to stay interested and motivated.
- Get support from friends, family, and coworkers. They can provide encouragement and help during difficult times.
- Find others to be active with, whether it’s a friend, family member, or fitness group.
- Get instruction and encouragement from an exercise professional. Call 8-1-1 to speak to a qualified exercise professional or Email Physical Activity Services.
- Join a club, take a class, or attend drop-in sessions at a recreation centre.
- Try new activities and add variety and challenges to your existing activities. Set yourself new goals so your activity doesn’t become boring (for instance, doing a 10 kilometre fun run or going on a biking holiday). If your activity focuses on one fitness area (like running or biking), try new activities that focus on other areas (like yoga or weight lifting).
- Try to be active every day. Doing activity at the same time each day helps it become part of your routine. Doing a program that’s supervised may help you be more serious about setting aside time, and it’s more fun when other people are involved.
- Be active in a variety of places (for instance, use stairs, park your car away from stores and walk, take a walking break at work).
- Keep refining and reviewing your goals. If you’re not making progress, change your goals or activity plan.
- Use a physical activity diary, progress charts or a logbook to keep track of your activity and record your achievements. This gives you positive feedback and supports your progress. Check out our Physical Activity Log or Walking Log.
- Have a fitness assessment. Seeing the progress you’re making can be very motivating.
- Focus on the benefits of being active - how much better you feel, your increased self-esteem, the enjoyment you get out of it, and the health benefits you expect.
- Be prepared for setbacks. Have ways to stay active during holidays or when you’re busy at work or school. If you’re recovering from an injury, take a break and try a new activity (for instance, switch from running to swimming).
- Avoid injuries by making sure your activity level is realistic. Exercise safely and make sure to do a proper warm-up and cool-down.
- Make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes and using proper equipment.
- See your health care provider if you have a health concern.
- Reward yourself for meeting goals and recognize your accomplishments!
Last Reviewed: March 2017
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