Being active does not have to mean running a marathon. Even a regular short walk to the bus stop or taking the stairs can have a big impact on your health.

Setting small, specific goals for getting active is the quickest way to change your habits for the long term.

Small steps to start with

  • Take 10 minutes to read about free services and tools available to you. Did you know that you can register for a free personal coach to give you tips on getting active and how to set achievable goals? Find out about this and other free programs and tools that can help you get active and feel better.

  • Add a 5-minute walk to your day. Get off the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way. Walk to the store instead of driving. Or add a 5-minute walk to your lunch break. Find out other 5-minute tips.

  • Add one set of stairs to your day. On your way to work or at the shopping centre, take the stairs instead of the escalator or the lift. This is a small change that can make a big difference.

  • Use active travel. Your time getting to and from places is time when you can boost your weekly activity. Ride your bike to work or help your kids ride scooters to school and walk alongside them.

  • Trade in one half hour of screen time this week. The time you spend sitting in front of the TV or computer can have a bigger impact on your health than you think. Turn off the TV for a half hour one night this week and use the time to try a new healthy recipe or go for a walk.

  • Plan an activity with someone this week. Being active doesn’t have to be a chore. It is a great excuse to get out and catch up with friends and family. Plan ahead with someone to go for a walk after work, go for a swim at your local pool or explore a new part of your local area.

Quick tips for busy people

Take a look through our quick tips for busy people for more small steps and tips on staying motivated.