En­er­gize your com­mute

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Viewpoints - COUR­TESY AHS

It’s not al­ways easy to main­tain a phys­i­cally ac­tive lifestyle. That’s why Al­berta Health Ser­vices (AHS) What’s Your Bal­ance? well­ness ini­tia­tive is en­cour­ag­ing Al­ber­tans to in­crease their phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and find a healthy bal­ance in their daily lives.

“With the busy life­styles we cur­rently lead, it can be a chal­lenge for peo­ple to feel like they can make healthy lifestyle choices. But, it’s re­ally not as hard as it may seem. There are small changes you can make to fit into your daily rou­tine,” says Gra­ham Mat­salla, AHS Health Pro­mo­tion Fa­cil­i­ta­tor.

As part of AHS’ com­mit­ment to healthy com­mu­ni­ties, AHS is en­cour­ag­ing Al­ber­tans to learn about ac­tive trans­porta­tion and change up their daily com­mute.

Ac­tive trans­porta­tion refers to any form of hu­man-pow­ered trans­porta­tion in­clud­ing walk­ing, run­ning, cy­cling, snow­shoe­ing, skate­board­ing and us­ing man­ual wheel­chairs.

“By chang­ing how you com­mute to and from work, you’re in­creas­ing your chances of meet­ing the rec­om­mended 150 min­utes of mod­er­ate- to vig­or­ous-in­ten­sity aer­o­bic phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity per week,” Mat­salla adds.

Park­ing fur­ther away from the of­fice, get­ting off a tran­sit stop ear­lier, or walk­ing to work can make a dif­fer­ence on your over­all health and well­ness. Reg­u­larly meet­ing the HYPERLINK "http://www.csep.ca/CMFiles/Guide­lines/CSEP_PAGuide­li­nes_adult­s_en.pdf" Cana­dian Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Guide­lines and re­duc­ing time spent sit­ting has great health ben­e­fits, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease, type 2 di­a­betes, obe­sity and some forms of cancer.

Al­ready have an en­er­gized com­mute? In­spire oth­ers and share what you’re do­ing us­ing the hash­tag #AHSwhat­sy­our­bal­ance.

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