Getting active doesn't always mean going to the gym.

There are many ways to stay in shape, have fun and achieve your personal goals.

"Physical activity doesn't need a program, doesn't need a team and doesn't need a whole bunch of special equipment," said Dr. Doug Klein, associate professor at the University of Alberta, department of family medicine.

It doesn't need to burn a hole in your wallet either.

"It can be as simple as walking out the front door, going outside, doing some stairs in your house, there's a lot of exercises you can do with you own body weight."

Klein always recommends 'green exercise' to get fresh air.
 
Locally, Elk Island National Park offers a wide variety of activities including hiking, snowshoeing, cross-county skiing and skating.

Other ideal options (but they may have a cost) include joining a spin or dance class, swimming, playing on a sports team, taking a martial arts class or doing yoga.

"We sometimes forget those are great ways to be active and get our daily physical activity requirements."

Personal trainers can be great, but a motivated friend or work-out partner can be more sustainable.

"It's certainly very easy to stay in bed if it's just you going and doing that activity. But if you got that accountability that you're meeting a friend, partner of family member that's a good way to push yourself.

Adults need 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week, which can be divided up. Kids need 60 minutes per day.

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