With all the physical activity options that exist, you may wonder where to begin. First, consider what you enjoy doing. It’s much easier to get moving if it’s something you like to do. If you enjoy being outdoors, a nature walk or swim in the lake may be a good option. Or if you prefer to exercise in a group, a yoga class could be a nice way to start. If you dislike certain activities or environments, such as going to a gym or attending a class, then try to find activities that better match your interests.
As you become more active, remember to take care of yourself. Rest is important, as is being patient with yourself. Changing and establishing new routines is a challenge for most people, and stopping to reassess what works for you doesn’t have to feel like ‘quitting’ – it’s an opportunity to modify your activity plan to suit your needs.
If possible, you may consider consulting a professional experienced in physical activity and mobility, such as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, kinesiologist, or other qualified health and exercise professional to help guide you or troubleshoot what isn’t working, or to help increase your activity levels in ways that interest you.
To help you choose activities you enjoy, here are some articles and resources for inspiration. You’ll also find articles on self-care such as supporting good sleep and maintaining your energy.