by: Aryn Gatto
It’s that time of the year again: our New Year’s resolutions may be in the rear view mirror, work is keeping you on your toes (or rather seated at your desk!), and although there are little signs of spring appearing here and there, winter continues to linger, not yet having released its grasp and make room for all things spring, which tend to encourage us to go for that spontaneous evening jog or Sunday bike ride.
I find that, especially at this time of the year, it can be difficult to take a step back (or a couple of steps back!) and remind ourselves of just how much of a positive impact exercise can have on our health, state of mind and overall wellbeing. To help remind us all, there is an enlightening YouTube video, curated by an innovative family doctor and health communicator from our very own city of Toronto, named Dr. Mike Evans. This 9-minute video is not only chalk full of easily understandable tidbits of the science behind the benefits of physical activity, but it also presents a thought-provoking perspective on how we might shift our thinking around physical activity and incorporate it into our daily lives. But don’t just take my word for it, give it a go and let us know what you think!
- The biggest return on investment for your health? It’s exercise.
- The best thing you can do for your health is to spend a half hour or even an hour exercising out of your day
- Low fitness is the strongest predictor of death
As we float in this lovely limbo between the New Year and the beginning of spring, I challenge you all to take Dr. Mike Evans’ words to heart and strive to make a fun physical activity a natural part of your life – we are all ‘busy’ enough, we need a bit more fun in our lives!
HINT: This can certainly include dancing up a storm at Memory Ball in a couple of weeks