For many Canadians, their weekly routine means spending their nine-to-fives sitting in front of their computers, followed by kicking back and unwinding later on in front of a different screen (while holding a smaller screen).
Whether it involves reaching for a phone to text pals, browsing the internet or turning on the TV for a Netflix binge, downtime for many Canadians involves sitting pretty still.
While there's a lot to be said for taking some time to chill and rest, it's not your only choice. There is something else you could do, and it can help you feel energized, happy and present all at once: get up and move around.
Anyone seeking ways to recharge and make the most of their free time will be happy to know that physical activity isn't just good for your body — it's good for your mind too. Exercises like swimming, dancing, and even walking have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression.
It's recommended that Canadian adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every week. At just over 20 minutes a day, that's not too difficult, right?
To encourage Canadians to get out and move more, CLIF has launched a campaign that aims to broaden your movement horizons — from running a race to skateboarding and everything in between. Through inspiring stories and posts, the Let's Move the World campaign celebrates the "openness to try, the energy to do, and the nutrition it takes to move the world."
If you'd like to move more but need some inspiration, grab a CLIF BAR and try these seven easy ways to add more movement to your routine.
Hop On Some Rollerblades
If you're struggling to get your workouts in, check out something fun that doesn't even feel like exercise — like rollerblading! Inline skating is an effective way to build a bit of muscle, improve your balance and have a laugh at the same time. You can also go places really fast.
Rollerblading puts your whole muscular system to work, from your core and upper body to your legs. Plus, it's a great time — once you've found your balance, of course.
Take On Skateboarding
Just like rollerblading, skateboarding is another terrific way to have fun while exercising — and just think of all the coordination, balance and strength you'll be gaining.
Skating takes time, but practice makes perfect. You probably won't transform into Tony Hawk the first time you hop on board, but you will be moving your body, having a good time and conquering a new form of transportation all at once.
Channel Your Inner Yogi
If you're looking to improve your strength, balance, sleep patterns, stress tolerance, heart health or energy levels, this activity might be for you. Yoga is the perfect blend of meditation, strength and stretching to help improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
With so many kinds to try — vinyasa, hatha, adaptive yoga and more — there's probably a yoga practice to suit your style. One great thing about yoga is that it's really easy to get started. You can find beginner classes for free on YouTube, and once you clear a space on your living room floor, you're ready to go.
Dabble In Some Driveway Basketball
You don't need to be a pro to enjoy a little b-ball. Shooting hoops on the driveway with your pals may be old school, but it sure is fun. Playing basketball can enhance your fitness and self-esteem at the same time by getting your heart rate up while you goof about with your buddies.
Whether you're an athlete or an amateur, it's important to get enough fuel for any exercise you do. As a source of plant-based protein, CLIF BARS are a great option to help keep your energy up.
Create A Garden Oasis
Being active isn't limited to high-energy workouts that leave you aching all over. Moving your body should be enjoyable, and there are tons of unique ways for Canadians to get moving — no gym membership required.
Gardening is a good example. Not only does yardwork incorporate a lot of movements (like squatting, lifting and digging), but creating your own little garden haven can deliver positive vibes and mental health benefits too. This is your chance to soak up some vitamin D, boost your mood and get in some enjoyable movement.
Release Your Stress With Kickboxing
One of the best ways to blow off some steam is through martial arts. With kickboxing, you can kick and punch away your worries, let the adrenaline take over, and healthily exhaust yourself. Not only will you let out some energy, move your body, and improve your coordination, but you'll also boost your confidence and strengthen your posture too.
Since this activity requires a lot of mental and physical focus, you can stay energized with a CLIF energy bar. It's purposefully crafted with a unique blend of ingredients so you can move your body and the world.
Dance Like Nobody's Watching
From ballet and jazz to hip hop, street dancing and more, dancing is one of the most dynamic ways to move your body. With so many styles to explore, you can have tons of fun while getting in a tremendous head-to-toe workout.
One great thing about dance is that you can do it wherever you like: you can bust a move in your bedroom or enjoy some socializing with a dance class. Whatever you choose, dancing will help get those endorphins going and leave you feeling happy and healthy.
When it comes to finding your favourite way to get more movement into your week, you can use these activities as a starting point. Explore what feels good in your body — be it rollerblading, kickboxing or gardening — and then give yourself permission to have fun while you do it.
However you choose to move, CLIF can help you keep moving. CLIF is the number one energy bar in Canada and is available in tasty flavours like Chocolate Almond Fudge, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, and Peanut Butter. Plus, they're plant based and full of organic ingredients.
Whether you're aiming for the Olympics or simply dancing in the street, it's a great time to get a move on.