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Happy "Move for Health" Day!

Posted by Dr. M. Illingworth on May 11 2012
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May 10 was Move for Health Day & I hope everyone had a chance to get out & do something active in the sun. This international event was initiated in 2002 by the World Health Organization in an effort to promote physical activity.

I have to admit, I didn't get outside today due to a hectic ER shift, but I hope to make up for that with a sunny lunch-time run tomorrow.  I'm already looking forward to it!

We all know the physical health benefits of an active lifestyle:

  • improved cardiovascular health
  • reduced risk of stroke and heart attack
  • improved blood sugar control
  • maintenance or building of bone density
  • reduced fall risk

But did you know that exercise also helps improve memory & has a positive impact on mood, outlook and energy. There are not many other things out there that can boast this many benefits to our health!

Aside from the individual benefits, sports & exercise help build healthy & vibrant families and communities; just head out to a Sorca Toonie ride on Wednesday night in Squamish and you'll see what I mean! 100 smiling mud-covered faces can't be wrong!

Challenge yourself to be active today & everyday. Its a great habit to get into. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 times per week.

Heres a few tips to get you started & committed to an active lifestyle:

1. Pick an activity you love! It doesn't matter if you walk, hike, bike, swim or dance, as long as you get your heart rate up. If you love what you are doing you will keep doing it!

2. Find a partner in crime or join a group. If you have a buddy or a group to do your activity with, chances are you'll show up & you'll have more fun! Squamish is full of opportunities & sports to fit all ages & interests.

3. Get your whole family active. Going for a walk or a hike is a great way to spend time together and get everyone in the family hooked on fitness.

4. Small changes count: Try walking or biking to work. Skip the elevator & take the stairs.

5. Its never too late to start. Let me tell you about one of the most inspiring people I've met: my soon-to-be grandfather-in-law started swimming at age 80. At age 100 we were all there to cheer him on as he jumped in the pool in pursuit of his 4th world record in the 100-104 catagory. Not only did he get it, he shattered the old record!

We live in a great corner of the world with a huge outdoor playground at our doorstep. Take advantage of the beauty around us & the spring weather on the way.

If you want more tips on how to stay active, stop by the Elaho for some information, or book in to see your doctor.

I hope to see you out on the trails!

Dr. Meg 



Lawrence Klein By Guest on May 11 2012
Great first Blog post Meg! Looking forward to seeing more of your writing...
Exercise By Guest on May 11 2012
It's true, Meg! Since I have been going to yoga regularly for the last 7 or 8 months and have now been riding my bike for a while, I have way more energy.

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