Healthy Living in the North

Getting active is easy, even if golf isn’t

Brandon golfing

Brandon hit the links for a round of golf and completed two hours of activity without even noticing.

Getting healthy and active can be tough sometimes, but when you’re doing something you love and enjoy, it certainly makes it a lot easier. Keeping the healthy living guidelines (NH’s position papers) in mind around the long-term effects of physical inactivity and sedentary behavior on your health, I have decided to increase my activity during the September Healthy Living Challenge. My first step was to hit the links for a round of golf.

Now full disclosure: I am a terrible golfer. I probably spend more time on unplanned nature walks looking for lost balls then I do “chipping in” the ball for par. But after enjoying playing the front nine I realized that I had just completed two hours of activity without even noticing.

Northern Health’s position on physical inactivity and sedentary behavior says:

“To achieve health benefits, adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.”

At first, 150 minutes can seem like a lot, even impossible, to fit into a busy life, but it’s really only 30 minutes, five times a week, or 21 minutes and 43 seconds daily! And I think if we find things that we enjoy doing, the exercise and healthy benefits will come naturally. We can have fun getting fit and have huge impacts on our health in the process. Need more proof? Check out this video: what is the single best thing we can do for our health?

That doesn’t necessarily mean playing golf; for others that might mean going for walks, riding a bicycle, or exploring the natural beauty that northern B.C. has to offer. Physical activity doesn’t need to hard or even expensive – it’s about doing what you love, even if you’re not the best at it. So get up, get moving and try different things. Enjoy moving toward better health!

To learn more about guidelines for living a healthy life, I encourage everyone to visit our site.

Brandon Grant

About Brandon Grant

As the NH men’s health coordinator, Brandon Grant travels across the Northern Health region speaking with community members about the health issues men face and what we can do to improve men’s health. He has worked with a variety of community-based organizations, including the Nawican Friendship Centre and the Northern Family Health Society, and holds two master’s degrees, one in social work and one in public administration. To stay active, Brandon enjoys playing golf and tennis, and whenever possible, visits tropical destinations to go snorkeling. (Brandon no longer works with Northern Health, we wish him all the best.)