The Habit of Exercise

WWYD 2015

How do we acquire our habits?

Often it is from the standard set by those around you.

If your friends each have more than 3 alcoholic drinks when you go out on the weekend, you might think that’s normal and healthy (If you do, it’s not. Ask your doctor or your liver.)

If your friends and family are couch potatoes, you are more likely to be one, too. And it’s not because it’s contagious or genetic (unless your dad really is a potato).

My role models for physical activity were my parents.

My dad was very athletic and trained us in the fundamental movement skills of throwing, catching, jumping, running, agility (balance and coordination), kicking and striking (balls but not each other). He has shown us from our toddler years into his 80s that a variety of physical activity is a fundamental key to healthy living. Always a do-it-yourselfer, he continues to do his own house and yard work.

My mom – when she wasn’t cooking, cleaning and running errands for the rest of us – exercised daily. This included aerobic classes, Tai Chi, bowling and line dancing. Fast walking was always a part of my parents’ habit of being physically active.

To help more people in our communities acquire the habit of being physically active, the Doctors of B.C. has organized Walk With Your Doc events throughout the province. The doctors who treat you in their clinics and hospitals are now your role models in the community. We really do walk the talk!

During the week of May 9th to 15th, doctors throughout British Columbia will be promoting physical activity in a variety of community events.

On Saturday, May 9th, we’ll kick off the week with a free and fun 2 km walk at Kitsilano Beach Park in Vancouver at 9:30 am. As the event’s emcee, I’ll be there with many of my colleagues along with our patients.

Even if your doctor isn’t there, you’re welcome to attend. All members of the public are invited, but come early to get your free pedometer. For more information about this event, check online at

To celebrate the World Health Organization’s Move for Health Day on Sunday, May 10th (Mothers’ Day), the City of Burnaby has organized a large number of free events including pole walking, canoe lessons, boot camp,. For more information check the City’s website at

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About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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