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O-Tip of the Week: Encourage Active Kids with “Build Your Best Day”

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time than to add some healthy activity to your life.  So, for the month of May our series will be providing tips to help you get physical!

We came across this great tool for helping kids ensure they are meeting physical activity, screen time, and sleep recommendations each day.  Check out Build your Best Day by Participaction to help kids find fun ways to get the 60 minutes of physical activity they need each and every day!

Participaction: Build Your Best Day

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O-Tip of the Week: Not Enough Exercise? Sneak it in!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to add some healthy activity to your life.  So, for the month of May, our series will be providing tips to help you get physical!

You don’t have to spend an hour each day at the gym to be active.  There are many ways you can “sneak exercise” into your busy day.  Some examples include:

  • Walking or biking to work
  • Taking a walking lunch or a walking meeting
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Parking a little further away so you can have a short walk
  • Walking every aisle in a store, instead of just the one you need

How do you “sneak” exercise into your day?  Share with us as we’d love to hear some new and fun ways to get moving! 

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O-Tip of the Week: Need Some Motivation? Phone a Friend!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Spring has finally sprung and it’s time to add some healthy activity to your life.  So, for the month of May, our series will be providing tips to help you get physical!

One of the best ways to get and stay motivated to be active is to exercise with a friend.  Find yourself a “workout buddy” to go to the gym or latest yoga class with, or to walk or run together.  Having a friend to exercise with can keep you determined and accountable!

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O-Tip of the Week: Time to Get Physical!

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

Spring has finally sprung and it’s a great time to add some healthy activity to your life.  So, for the month of May, our series will be providing tips to help you get physical!

When it comes to exercising regularly one of the biggest stumbling blocks for many is time.  Many find that there is no time in their busy and hectic lives to incorporate exercise.  So what’s the key to overcoming this obstacle?  Schedule it in!  Like you would schedule a meeting or an appointment, schedule in an hour or ½ hour daily for some sort of physical activity.

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10 000 Steps: Is This the Magic Number?

Wearable fitness devices have set a benchmark of 10 000 steps a day for good health.  Have you ever wondered where this number came from?  And is this the right number for you?  The following article from the Huffington Post delves deeper into where this benchmark came from and how to set the target that is right for you.

The Huffington Post:  What Science Actually Says About Taking 10,000 Steps A Day

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Spring Has Sprung – Get Active!

Studies show that kids across the globe are becoming less active “couch potatoes” as early as age 7.  In the following from CBC News learn more about this growing problem and the recommended guidelines for daily activity.

CBC News:  Children’s physical activity starts declining at age 7, U.K. study indicates

How can we put a stop to this growing problem?

We challenge you  to spend active time together as a family!  Now that Spring Has Sprung, try some of these fun family activities to boost the health of your children and yourself.    

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This Year’s Healthiest Play List

It’s Canada’s 150th Birthday and Participaction is celebrating by encouraging Canadians to get healthy by taking part in the 150 Play List.   The 150 Play List is comprised of 150 fun and truly Canadian activities you are encouraged to try this year.  Visit the Participaction website to sign-up, track your activities, earn rewards and more.

Participaction 150 Play List

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Active Kids of All Abilities

During the winter months kids, and adults, tend to be less active as we are often kept inside sheltered from the cold and harsh weather.  Keeping active is necessary for your body and mind and can help to ward off Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the winter blues.  Though many activities do exist, it can often be difficult to find suitable activities for children with disabilities.  The Canadian Paralympic Committee has launched a site to help families, educators and medical professionals locate activity plans and providers in their area for children with disabilities.  Check it out today!

Canadian Paralympic Committee:  Find An Activity