Health and Wellness
Be Healthy, Be Active
Involvement in recreational activities leads to a healthy lifestyle and contributes to a healthy Nova Scotia! Physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. Getting more active can:
- Be fun
- Help you look your best
- Improve your sleep
- Make your bones, muscles, and joints stronger
- Lower your chances of becoming depressed
- Reduce falls and arthritis pain
- Help you feel better about yourself
Is physical activity for everyone?
Yes! People of all ages and body types will benefit from physical activity. Even if you feel out-of-shape or haven’t been active in a long time, you can find activities that will work for you.
Parents and Children
Parents play a large role as models for positive physical activity behaviour. Let your children see you participate in physical activity, as well as incorporating it into quality time with your family.
Balancing a healthy lifestyle and school can be challenging for teenagers. Encouraging positive physical activity behaviour leaves lasting positive impacts on youth. Benefits of a physically active lifestyle include improved fitness, increased concentration, better academic scores, improved self-esteem, lower stress and opportunities for socializing.
Tips for Being Active...
- Ask your friends to join you for a walk, or create a walking group and commit to a weekly time! Your friends will probably thank you for it – everyone needs encouragement at times.
- Walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator.
- Park your car at the far end of the parking lot and walk the extra distance.
- Get off the bus a few stops early to squeeze in a brisk walk.
- Get your whole family involved in physical group activities. It’s always fun to kick a soccer ball around and stretch out your legs.
- Why not try doing a few stretches and simple exercises like push-ups and sit-ups while watching television?
- Try something new. Yoga, pilates, dance classes and martial arts are a great way to stay active and have fun.
- Swimming is a great exercise for your entire body.
- If you are a golfer, walk the course instead of using the golf cart.
- Tennis and racket ball are fun sports that require a lot of movement. Kids and adults can both enjoy these sports.
- Use free weights to strengthen your arms. Even smaller 3 or 5 pound weights are a great way to get strength in your arms. Try lifting weights while you watch television.
- Take a hike with friends. If you don't have any local hiking trails try exploring new neighborhoods or cities that are close by.
- Don't forget to have fun!