By Jen Gendron: Health & Wellness Coach
National Health & Fitness Day is coming up on Saturday, June 2nd and this is a great time to try something new and encourage the whole family to get moving! While every day is a great day to get active, this fitness day initiative, which was started in 2014, is a way to encourage and bring attention to the need for more physical active for all Canadians. Sadly, we are slowly becoming less and less active and this is not only adults, but our children as well. One of the saddest statistics that I have heard to date is that the current generation of children coming up is the first generation in history that can expect to live a shorter life span than their parents. With the incredible advances we have made in health care and the access we have to so many treatments, it is shocking and sad to hear this trend and the biggest contributing factor to this problem is inactivity.
So – what can you do to change this statistic for your family? By thinking about activities that you can do together and making physical activity and healthy living a part of your lifestyle, your whole family can benefit. Are there activities that you all enjoy doing together? Make a point to schedule them in to your calendar and ensure that you make getting some activity each and every day a priority. Whether it is getting outside and enjoying the natural beauty of our area with hiking or other outdoor activities or whether you are participating in an organized sport or fitness class of some kind, there are so many things that you can take advantage of with options for all ages.
This year, Lifestyles Fitness will be marking National Health & Fitness Day with FREE fitness for the whole family! Join us in the Town Square Pavilion for fun-filled fitness classes and kids’ activities from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, open to one and all! We will also be opening up our health & wellness centre to the community for anyone who wants to drop by for a free workout. Stop by any time from 8:30 AM to 1 PM for a tour and a chance to make use of our facility at no charge.
There are many organizations offering events and activities to celebrate National Health & Fitness day so be sure to check them out and see what is being offered near you. You can visit the National Health & Fitness Day website HERE. If you are not already participating in a regular fitness routine, maybe this is a good day for you to start to make it a priority in your life! Take some time to think about how you can begin to slowly incorporate more movement in to your life each and every day. Not only will it be life changing for you and a sure way to improve your health and well-being, it will be a great way to influence any children in your life, highlighting for them the importance of healthy living and instilling this value in them for years to come!