It’s advice we’ve all heard before: Getmore exercise––it’s good for you.
Most of us accept that wisdom. Howwe bring more physical activity intoour lives––and make it stick––is anothermatter. A busy schedule combined withlukewarm motivation can keep us couch-bound. And even when we overcomethose obstacles, challenges remain.
“It’s an unfortunate but well-established fact that most people whobegin an exercise program will abandon
Get out and have fun
Staying active is easier when you enjoy it
WRITTEN BY GREG HARRISILLUSTRATED BY MICHAEL BYERS
KEEP IN MIND
it six months later––if not sooner,” saysMeghan McDonough, PhD, a Universityof Calgary assistant professor in theFaculty of Kinesiology with expertise inexercise, sport and health psychology.
Sticking with it can be hard when itseems to take so long to see benefits suchas weight loss, improved strength ormore aerobic capacity.
One of the biggest missing ingredients
for achieving a lasting lifestyle change
is a simple one––a healthy dose of fun,
taken in the company of others.
“Too often we get caught up in telling
people that being more physically active
is a good way to lose weight, or lower
their cholesterol or blood pressure,”
McDonough says. “Instead, the advice
is easier to follow if it’s simply, ‘Get out
and have fun at something you’re likely
to keep doing.’ ”
If you can find a circle of friends to be
active with, you’re likely to increase the
odds of making a permanent lifestyle
A simple recipe for being active: add a healthy dose of fun.