Special to the Record
Join in the fun and step up your activity level with this year’s 30 Minute Challenge on Wednesday, Nov 26. Pledge your commitment for activity today and help the Comox Valley reach their goal of 1 million activity minutes in a 24-hour period. We are trying to earn the title of the Sportiest Community in B.C and we can’t do it without your help.
Physical activity does more than make you feel better – moderate exercise improves mental well-being, helps increase productivity and enables healthier lifestyle choices including improved eating habits and a better night’s sleep.
Logging your daily physical activity helps mobilize personal change, both psychologically and physically. There are always obligations in the workplace or at home that seem to take precedence to raising the ol’ heart rate – the 30 Minute Challenge encourages you to fit activity into daily life by tracking 30 minutes of activity on that day.
If you can shift your thinking from feeling guilty that you couldn’t fit in that hour-long step class or burn x-amount of calories on the elliptical trainer, you’ll find by counting 10-minute “bursts” of activity throughout the day, the minutes add up quickly and you will still reap the health benefits.
Give it a try – walk to work or the store, round up the kids for a family ball game, or walk the dog with a friend. When you see on paper the time you’ve spent expending energy and how you’re building up your stamina and fitness level, one activity burst at a time, it will make you want to keep going!
Working out with a friend is also a great way to stay motivated and make positive healthy lifestyle choices. Rediscovering an activity you once had the time for will also prove how enjoyable physical activity can be and keep you interested. On Nov.26, you will have a chance to try something new, as several free classes are being offered as a part of this challenge.
The 30 Minute Challenge will be offering some great prizes for committing to 30 minutes of activity on Nov 26. It’s easy to get involved, try some new activities or challenge a co-worker, friend or family member to work out with you.
For more info on how you can get involved with the 30 Minute Challenge, visit www.activecomoxvalley.ca/challenge or call 250- 890-9116.
Dawn Stevens is Active Comox Valley co-ordinator.
– Active Comox Valley