It’s almost November… a month now termed “Movember” by many. Movember is the month where moustaches take shape on the faces of thousands of men in Canada and around the world, to raise awareness about some of the most pressing health concerns affecting men — prostate and testicular cancer; mental health; and physical inactivity among them. It’s also a month of fundraising for these important causes.
Given our physical inactivity crisis in Canada (only 15% of adults get enough exercise) I particularly like that this year, as part of the Movember campaign, a new challenge has been issued, urging Canadians to “MOVE” more. Open to mo-bros and mo-sistas of all ages (a perfect way to support the boys and men we cherish), one can sign up and pledge to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day of November. In keeping with this theme, today I thought I’d share a list of 30 different ways to be active for 30 minutes a day. Wait for November 1, or get started today:
30 ways in 30 days…
- Grab your tennis racquet and head to your community courts for a last ‘hurrah’ before they close for the season.
- Challenge your partner, kids or a friend to a game of table tennis.
- Rake, rake, rake… tis the season!
- Bike to work.
- Bust a move (not your back) kicking a soccer ball around with the kids.
- Cheer on your favorite tennis player or sports team as if there were no tomorrow.
- Treat the dog to an extra-long walk.
- Give the lawn its last haircut of the season.
- Clean out the garage (you’ll be a hero!).
- Crank up some tunes and dance like nobody’s watching.
- Walk, jog or run the track at your local high school.
- Split and stack wood for the fireplace this winter.
- Do errands on foot instead of taking the car.
- Walk your kids to school.
- Skip the office chit-chat and enjoy a brisk walk on your coffee break.
- Get off the bus a few blocks early and walk the rest of the way home.
- Windy fall days are perfect for kite flying. When was the last time you did this?
- Play a last round of golf for the season.
- Clean the eaves troughs… now that’s a good time.
- Go bowling and admire your funky shoes.
- Join a gym and try a variety of fitness classes.
- Take a hike.
- Challenge yourself with push ups, squats and sit-ups.
- Dive right in… to the pool that is. Swan dive anyone?
- Try indoor climbing.
- See if you’ve ‘still got it’ on your child’s skateboard
- Put up your dukes… in a boxing class.
- Vacuum the house at high speed (to get it over with and get your heart rate up!)
- Get a free workout stair-climbing (parks, hotels, and apartment and office buildings are ideal spots).
- Shoot some hoops.
By encouraging those we love to be active, we’re taking a stand against disease, helping to prevent it altogether.