The Many Ways to Become Physically Literate!
Guest post by Natasha Loh.
June is the arrival of warm, dry weather in BC. Families and individuals get outdoors to engage in every type of physical activity from hiking to biking. Physical literacy is the combination of confidence, motivation and knowledge to get individuals moving. The three work together to establish healthy habits and foster an active lifestyle, which yields benefits well into adulthood and beyond. Studies have shown that physical activity in childhood provides children the confidence and know-how to keep up this lifestyle later in life. Without this repetition and learned confidence, children are prone to choose sedentary activities when they’re older.
It’s never too late to start on your physical literacy journey. Whether it be Akido or Zumba, consider how you can get active. Although the hot weather beckons, there are many indoor options as well. To get started, check out this list of ideas and resources:
Way to get physically literate
- Consider getting a prescription for the outdoors the next time you engage in physical activity! Research shows that individuals who spend time outdoors are overall healthier and happier. Pick up your prescription here at https://www.parkprescriptions.ca/.
- Not sure where to go in your community? Check out ViaSport’s comprehensive list of indoor and outdoor facilities they’ve compiled from across the province. The list includes skateparks, pools, ice rinks and more.
- People with disabilities are offered adapted sport programs throughout the province. Check out some of the options from SportAbility and BC Disability.
- Take a hike. Consider one of BC Parks’ frontcountry and backcountry hiking trails and experience beautiful British Columbia up close and personal. Virtual hikes are available for those with limited mobility.
- This month consider going by bike. May 29–June 5 is Go By Bike Week. However, before you start cycling ensure your have proper safety gear and brush up on your road safety tips. Consider one of the many tune-up and maintenance workshops offered for free in your community to get you started.
- Financial barriers can often be a deterrent for individuals and families from participating in physical activity and becoming physically literate. Most recreation complexes or parks boards offer financial assistance through subsidies or “Leisure Access Passes.” Contact your local recreation center for more information and an application.
- Overwhelmed with the myriad of options? Keep it simple and take a leisurely walk.
Whichever way you choose to get moving, make it a habit and keep at it!
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