What is the best form of physical activity?
Answer: The one that is meaningful and enjoyable to you.
We know that regular physical activity is good for our health in many ways, but may struggle to fit ‘enough’ physical activity into our day. While many people enjoy distance running and high-endurance sports, not all of us are athletically inclined. Often, we think that we need to make radical lifestyle changes to succeed in the game of health. We attempt to go from rarely exercising to running a 5k in 6 short weeks. And then life happens. We feel guilty for not finding the time to exercise 5 days a week and may give up altogether. The good news is that according to new research, you don’t need to run marathons to benefit from physical activity, and can maintain or improve your health by fitting moderate amounts of meaningful physical activity into your schedule one or two days a week. This might include walking breaks with your colleagues, a bike ride with your kids, or roller-blading around the block. Whatever form of physical activity you choose, even if you only find time a couple of days a week, it counts and should be celebrated.