Being active

Set an objective of at least 30 minutes of exercise every day so that you can enjoy the perks of being physically active. The important thing is to go at your own pace and make it part of your daily routine.

There are hundreds of different ways of being physically active. Here are some inspiring ideas.

Walk everywhere!

Walking can not only be done solo or in good company, anywhere and at any time, it also involves little risk of injury and costs nothing. What could be easier?

  • Walk part of the way to work.
  • Go out during your lunch hour.
  • Organise a walk with colleagues.
  • Run your errands on foot when you can.

Team sports

Being in a team of two or more is motivating for some people. Both inside and outside, there are group activities to suit all tastes. Get moving with friends, family or colleagues by joining an existing group: volleyball or soccer teams, badminton groups, etc.
  • Hockey, baseball or basketball leagues
  • Volleyball or soccer teams
  • Badminton groups

Run year-round

Running is an activity for all levels of intensity, from casual joggers to serious, regular runners. Dressed appropriately, it is possible to run outside all year-round. Treadmill running is also a good option. Those who want to run with others can invite friends or join a running club.

Zen activities

In our high-performance society, classes such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Qi Gong are more and more popular. Along with a focus on flexibility, relaxation and well-being, these activities involve a different and very effective way of working out.

Get moving around the house

Sometimes, going outside to get moving doesn’t seem appealing. No problem! It isn’t hard to be active at home. Need ideas?
  • Slip an exercise DVD into the player and get moving.
  • Use your exercise equipment (stationary bike, treadmill, etc.) or your fitness accessories while watching a movie or listening to music.
  • Watch exercise shows on TV. Most cable companies offer them for free.

Training in the gym

Going to the gym is an interesting option to get moving. It can be an opportunity to take a few moments for yourself a couple of days a week, or else to participate in group classes: aerobics, step, spinning, etc. Getting into a good habit will help you stay motivated.
  • Block off the time in your calendar.
  • Go with a friend.
  • Choose a gym near to your home or workplace.

Say hello to the pool

Either with the kids or for your own fun, the pool is a great place to burn up energy. There’s something for everyone!
  • Aquafit classes
  • Aqua jogging sessions
  • Parent and child swimming lessons
  • Adult swim clubs
  • Free swim periods…

Hop on the bike!

In the neighbourhood streets or on bicycle paths, to get places or just for the fun of riding, cycling is a good way of staying in shape. Dressing properly is the trick to appreciate it when it’s a bit chilly.

The joy of the great outdoors

Outdoor sports are a great way to enjoy the great outdoors and be active at the same time! Even if you live downtown, the possibilities are endless!
  • Go for a hike, take a dip in a lake, go kayaking or canoeing, go for a bike ride, or lace up your roller blades.
  • In the winter, get out your skis, ice skates, snowshoes, snowboard, or toboggan.

Ready for the fight?

Whether recreational or competitive, combat sports are for everyone and are both mental and physical. These sports release tension and develop several personal aptitudes (concentration, self-confidence, etc.).
  • Boxing
  • Kickboxing
  • Fencing
  • Martial arts…

Get moving as a family

You can have fun as a family while being active. Guaranteed fun for all!
  • Go skating or sliding in winter.
  • Take a hike in the fresh mountain air in the spring.
  • Go out to the pool or for a bike ride in the summer.
  • Rake up leaves or go apple-picking in the fall.

Care to dance?

Throw yourself into the frenzy of dancing!
  • Social dances such as the tango, cha-cha, salsa, waltz, swing
  • Folk dances like tap dancing or the jig
  • Jazz, hip-hop, belly dancing, country, gumboot, etc.
And now there are several game consoles that invite you to dance on a mat. Can you follow the steps?