Boost Activity Easily: 4 experts share what works

Your Olympic Village movement experts are back… this time, to give you their top tips for getting moving.

Our goal is to give you each of their unique perspectives on movement, what it takes to be healthy, and…

….most importantly…

how you can easily integrate better quality movement into your life.

Over the series, you will learn:

  1. Who are the go-to experts in Olympic Village when it comes to movement
  2. The first step is you can take to increase the quality of movement in your life
  3. The easiest way to get fit in the least amount of time

Each of these professionals agrees…

…when you increase the quality of movement in your life, you will have:

  • increased energy
  • improved stamina
  • more endurance
  • better coordination
  • restful sleep, and quite frankly…
  • a happier life!

This post is for someone who is having difficulty incorporating adequate movement in their busy lives.

Whether you’re a former athlete and have fallen off-track with training…

… or someone that has never been active.

This post will give you the first steps for easily and effectively boosting your activity.

Let’s see what the experts have to say…

What is the first step someone can take to increase their activity?

Aaron Vani

Aaron HSThe first step to for people to increase their activity is to do just that, take the first step.

As human beings we are creatures of habit…

If we get into a routine of being inactive, it can be challenging to get going again.

Regardless whether people have been active or not in the past, making a conscious decision to increase physical activity is an important one.

Our bodies are designed to move.


  • lubricates our joints
  • releases “happy” brain hormones and chemicals
  • improves body composition
  • improves our sense of well-being.

My one asterisk here is that I truly believe that before getting moving or returning to activity, people should visit their movement specialist.

This can be a physiotherapist, chiropractor, kinesiologist, trainer or coach… a professional with a strong background in human movement patterns.

The “catch 22” with humans is we are good at doing things, just not always the correct way.

Certain vocations, previous or current injuries, habitual postures and movement patterns all directly influence how we move.

As a healthcare provider, the last thing I want is people to get motivated to move, then hurt themselves and potential quit.

Your movement specialist can help set up a plan to get you moving and keep you moving…

…focusing on doing the activities that you want to do.

Other than that, my advice is to take it slow. Be patient with yourself; fitness goals take time to achieve.

Simon “Thor” Damborg

Thor604, Raincity Athletics, Powerhouse, Vancouver, Olympic VillageStart slow and simple!
Everyone is eager to jump into (or back into) extreme programs looking for dramatic results right off the bat – which not only increases the risk of injury, but also the chances that they end up quitting or dropping off again.

The hardest thing to do is remember to focus on the long term and build a basic healthy lifestyle where physical activity (of any kind) is a regular occurrence.

Once this base is developed you can begin to increase the intensity and complexity of the exercises and routines.

We treat every athlete at Raincity Athletics exactly like that… AS AN ATHLETE.

Whether you’re a professional or you just got off the couch for the first time your training program should follow the same basic principals of periodization and preparation before you get into the aggressive stuff.

I believe that building a strong base is best achieved through small lifestyle changes and a supportive community

…as these are the things that will guarantee longevity in health whether you’re aggressively training or not.

Dr Brian Lanoue

Dr Brian Lanoue Vancouver ChiropractorMovement is integral to life… not just to be active and increase fitness…

…but to sustain life itself.

Every living being is in constantly in motion, both at a cellular and macro level… motion is life!

Even when you sit still:

  • Your diaphragm is pumping air into your lungs
  • Your digestive organs are moving your last meal through your system
  • Your heart is pumping blood and nutrients to all the tissues in your body

Your body has requirements for movement. It is your choice whether you fulfil your requirements for movement.

Learn about the types of movement your body requires at the next Move By Design Workshop.

Your body performs a lot of movement for you, as we saw with the automatic process examples above.

For the aspects of movement you do control…

… like walking the sea wall, attending a yoga class, lifting weights, or restoring your joint mobility

… your choices will determine the quality and quantity of your life.

Today you can choose to move toward a greater expression of health and function, or instead, lead yourself towards dysfunction and disease.

The choice is truly yours.

The best advice I can give for increasing movement in your life requires very little effort.

Introducing chiropractic care may help restore proper movement to your spine and pelvis… and the benefits don’t end there. Chiropractic care may enhance nerve system function, muscle coordination and quality of life… possibly to a point you never thought possible.

All this process requires you to do is show up and lay down. Increasing your movement and function couldn’t be easier!

valri cunningham

Valri Cunningham, ValUFitness, The Powerhouse, Vancouver, Olympic VillageThe first step someone can take to increase their physical activity is to recognize there is a problem.

Whether you are not as active as you have been in the past, or you have never been active…

…this is a problem.

You must create a desire to change within.

Increasing physical activity starts mentally.

This means putting yourself and your health first… Prioritizing what is really important.

Yes, we have:

  • family
  • jobs
  • a million excuses not to exercise

Your health is very important, not only for yourself… but for your loved ones.

Visualization is a great tool to picture yourself healthier, fitter, happier, and more energized.

Create a mental image of yourself to work towards… not just how you will look, but how you will feel, the activities you will do, and the experiences you will have which may have never happened before you made this decision.

This also stops you from comparing yourself to others… which can deter you from starting to get more movement in the first place.

Exercise is a habit…

…once established, it becomes way easier to do.

It also means the beginning can be very tough.

If you can get through the first couple of months consistently, you will be well on your way to a healthier, fitter lifestyle.

My 4 best tips to get started:

  1. Schedule it. We all have hectic schedules… find a free hour, slot it in, and when it comes to that time make sure you show up, no matter how many excuses you come up with.
  2. Make it simple. Go for a walk, take a yoga class, meet your personal trainer… Just do it! Track your changes by getting a step counter, find an activity you love (or at least is bearable until you love it), and get moving.
  3. Find an accountability partner. You can be your own worst enemy here… so, find a friend, family member, or personal trainer… someone that cares about your health.
  4. Incorporate more exercise daily by making small changes. Park the car further from work and walk, walk to the next bus stop if you’re waiting (it brings me great joy to see people running for the bus and actually catch it!), take the stairs instead of the elevator, carry in groceries one bag at a time and make multiple trips. Small changes can add up big over the course of your life!


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Thea is a Life By Design Chiropractor, author, blogger and international speaker on creating extraordinary health. Thea is passionate about powering your health, allowing you to create an extraordinary life! She has long known the benefits of regular Chiropractic care, experiencing drastic improvements in athletic and academic performance as well as an enhanced quality of life. Dr Thea shares the simple principles of achieving total health and inspires families to reach their full potential. Thea and her partner Brian own and practice from The Powerhouse Chiropractic in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.