Seven tips to kick-start your Olympics-inspired fitness journey

This summer, televisions around the world will be tuned in to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as athletes from all corners of the earth compete in more than 300 events in hopes of bringing home a medal for their country. 
 
Watching the amazing athletic feats of the competitors as they run, jump, dive, swim, paddle, sail, shoot, throw, cycle, wrestle, walk, kick and lift their way to victory might even inspire you to begin your own fitness journey or take it to the next level.
 
Physical activity is a key part of living a healthy lifestyle and can help reduce the risk of many conditions and diseases like certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and more. In addition, regular activity improves your fitness level, reduces stress, increases your energy and contributes to positive mental health.
 
Here are a few quick tips to help you get active:
 
Set goals
Identify what you would like to accomplish. This will help to remind you what you are working towards!
 
Schedule your workout
Finding time to work out can be challenging, so you might need to get creative. For example, go for a walk during your lunch hour or after dinner. You can even invite others to join you and make it a social event. Make exercise a part of your routine.
 
 Choose the right workout for you
Join a class, do a 30-day challenge, work out at home – try a variety of different activities until you find the ones that are right for you. It's important not to take on more than you can handle. Any exercise is better than none, so if five to ten minutes is your maximum, don't be hard on yourself.
 
 
Variety is key
Spread out your exercise sessions throughout the week and include different activities that target different areas, such as strengthening activities, and moderate and vigorous aerobic activities.
 
 
Start small
Don’t overwhelm yourself right out of the gate. Go easy on yourself at first and then work your way up to more vigorous and strenuous activities.
 
 
Be patient
Your road to fitness is a journey, not a race. Getting the results you want won’t happen overnight, so be patient and celebrate all the milestones – big and small – you reach along the way!
 
 
Check in with your doc
Everybody is different. If you aren’t sure what types or amounts of activities are right for you, please consult with your family physician.