It’s time to move it!
There’s no better way to get yourself motivated and in shape then signing up (and doing) an organized event / race. The benefits of regular exercise are incredible! This one habit (exercise) done consistency can improve all aspects of life. Stats show that the minimum exercise guidelines (weekly150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity) are being achieved by less than 20 percent of adult Canadians and less then 10 percent of children!
Committing to an organized event / race can help to get you moving and here’s why:
- Motivation – its human nature to procrastinate, so sign up for a race and let the last minute pressure of the race date motivate you!
- Support – you can usually garner more support from your network if you have a goal race you are training for which will then make it more likely that you will train.
- Structure – the race will provide structure to your routine so you are more likely to do something specific rather then dilute or not at all
- Can help you get better sleep! Pressure might lessen for late night socials if there is understanding of your training / up and coming race. Also exercise can help with the quality and quantity of sleep.
- Eating better – again with the added focus on training, you’ll likely start making healthier choices when it comes to many aspects of your lifestyle, eating included.
- The energy come race day is amazing and often worth any entry fee. Being amongst other excited participants, being supported / cheered by volunteers and the ambiance is likely to motivate you to keep going!
Here are some links to check out to plan your next race in Calgary or the surrounding areas:
Running (train &/or road and OCR – obstacle course racing) http://www.runguides.com/calgary/runs
Cycling (road / mountain bike / bmx) http://www.albertabicycle.ab.ca/events
Have fun moving it this summer!
Dr. Sarah Kent is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in your health. She blends traditional knowledge with current scientific understanding to generate wellness within her patients. She has received specialized training in naturopathic sports medicine, applying the principles and tools of naturopathic care in treating athletes.