Active Alberta

How Active is Your Family?

Take the Active Alberta quiz and get simple tips for getting more active at home, at work and at play.

1. Are you and your family active enough to achieve health benefits?

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend:

  • Children & Youth aged 5-17 get 60 minutes of activity per day
  • Adults & Seniors aged 18+ get 150 minutes of activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

2. What's your reason for being active?

Healthy U has four more Good Reasons to Be More Active. DO IT:

  1. for FUN
  2. for health benefits
  3. to spend time with your family and friends
  4. to stay independent as you get older

3. What are your barriers to being active?

You're not alone - Albertans commonly list the following as barriers to being active:

  • lack of time
  • inconvenience
  • dislike of activity
  • lack of motivation
  • accessibility issues
  • lack of confidence in being able to be active safely and correctly

Some activity is better than none, and more is better than some! Finding enjoyable and practical activities is an important first step in becoming active.

  • Choose shorter, more frequent bursts of activity
  • Get social - be active with your friends and family
  • Exercise while watching TV

4. What's your physical activity Game Plan?

Need help finding ways to be more active at home, at work, at school and in your community? Develop a Game Plan to help you succeed!

  • Set SMART attainable goals
  • Safety First - Are you ready for activity?
  • Get a little help from your friends
  • Get ahead of the game by planning ahead

5. Could you and your family be more active through active transportation?

Make a list of places you usually drive to and then identify which of those places you could get to using people power!

6. Do you live in an ACE Community?

ACE Communities are active creative and engaged communities that:

  • contribute to the creation of places, spaces and connections
  • enables a culture of wide participation

The result? Productive, healthy, resilient, and innovative communities.

7. Does your child's school support a health promoting schools approach?

Talk to your school principal, teacher and parent council to get the conversation started about physical activity, healthy eating and mental well-being of students and staff

8. Are you and your family getting your needed dose of nature?

Connecting with nature provides mental, physical and spiritual benefits for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or cultural background.

Albertans are very fortunate to have access to so many beautiful outdoor spaces where we can play in nature.

Last reviewed/revised: December 9, 2013