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Get active in 2013

Wed January 9, 2013

Dear editor:

With the New Year underway, Doctors Nova Scotia encourages you to make healthy active living a priority this year, and there is no time like the present to get started. 

With shorter days and harsh weather, doctors in the province want to keep Nova Scotians inspired to stay active throughout the winter. We know that weather plays a big role in determining activity levels among children and adults, but winter also provides an opportunity to participate in activities that are unique to the season. 

Snow shoeing, skiing and skating, building snowmen and igloos, nature walks and sledding are all great ways to get your daily dose of physical activity this winter.  

If you prefer to avoid the cold, there are many activities you can do indoors as well. Join a recreational sport team or a fitness centre where you can participate in a workout class, run on an indoor track or use the pool for swimming. 

Staying active is an important part of healthy living. It is recommended that adults be active for 30 minutes per day and children for 60 minutes per day. Physical activity can decrease blood pressure, increase joint strength and flexibility, improve respiratory functions and more. 

Doctors Nova Scotia challenges you to stay active this year and to get outdoors to explore our wonderful province. Remember to consult with your doctor before starting new activities especially if you have a medical condition. Make your New Year’s resolution a commitment to better health.

Sincerely,

John Finley, MDCM, FRCPC
President