Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA)
Most people know that keeping active is important to good health and something experts recommend you do regularly! But life is busy and sometimes it seems impossible to find the time, never mind the motivation, to be more active. The good news is all you need to find is 15 minutes a day. ‘Fit-in 15’ is a new – and realistic – online program that can help you make active living a lifestyle by doing something fitness-related for just 15 minutes a day.
One of the first things you’ll need to think about is where you can fit 15 minutes of activity into your daily schedule. It depends on your personality and lifestyle. Consider that ‘morning people’ often like to get their 15 minutes in before they go to work. Other personality types prefer to take time during the lunch hour. Of course, there are also people who prefer to fit their 15 minutes of activity in after dinner – and that will work too.
The Fit-in 15 program consists of three types of simple, no-cost activities: cardio activities, strength exercises and flexibility stretches. It’s important to vary these activities (take a walk and/or choose from the stretches and strength exercises that the program provides), and the only requirement is that you do something for 15 minutes every day.
Why cardio, strength and flexibility activities?
Cardio activities are good for your heart, lungs and circulatory system. And, moving your body feels great! To get started, walking is the simplest cardio activity you can do.
Strength exercises, such as biceps curls and pelvic lifts, focus on your muscles. Muscles help support all the joints in your body and are important for do-ability.
For example, without them you can’t open lids, or carry luggage, pets or young children!
Flexibility stretches are all about keeping you limber… for bending, reaching and turning with ease. Most people don’t stretch their muscles enough and wonder why they feel stiff and sore.
Your own personal coach
A little encouragement can go a long way, and Fit-in 15 also provides regular e-mail reminders, encouragement and praise for fitting in 15 minutes of activity a day. You go girl!
Change your life in 15 minutes a day
Keeping active will help improve your physical health, increase energy and put a smile on your face! And once Fit-in 15 activities become a habit – and they will in almost no time – you may want to schedule even more move-your-body time into your day.
Visit www.fitin15.ca for more information.