Baby, it’s cold outside…but you can still get moving!

Capture - playing in the snowIt’s January in Montreal and the deep freeze has set in. Under these conditions, it’s natural to want to cocoon and harder to find the motivation to get moving. We have busy lives and all kinds of commitments, but even so, adding physical activity into our day isn’t as hard as it sounds.

Hope & Cope Exercise Coordinator Anouline Sintharaphone recommends making SMART goals that are:

 

 

  • Specific and simple, for example, stretching while watching your favourite TV show.
  • Measurable. Instead of automatically getting into your car to run an errand, walk there and back. Even 10 minutes makes a difference.                                                                                        
  • Achievable. If you’ve been inactive up until now, don’t start by signing up for a marathon, commit to two 10-minute walks during the week instead or play in the snow with your kids on the weekend. Remember to dress in layers!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Realistic. Fit exercise into your schedule at a time that works best for you.                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Timely or timebound. Don’t think you can handle even 10 minutes? Tell yourself to start with 5 and chances are that once you’ve started, you’ll be able to complete your 10-minute goal.

Winter weather can be especially challenging for people with cancer. The key is to exercise safely. Not sure where to start? Hope & Cope’s rehabilitation and exercise oncology program, also known as ActivOnco, offers physical assessments and lifestyle counseling to patients undergoing cancer  treatment. In addition to our fully equipped, on-site gym, we offer a wide variety of classes from gentle yoga, tai chi and qi gong to dance classes and more.

So what are you waiting for? Call 514 340-3616 to schedule your registration appointment.

Click here for more information about our Hope & Cope exercise program

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