Did you know that adults should be active for at least 2.5 hours a week?
Children and youth aged 5-17 should accumulate at least one hour of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.
Physical activity helps feel better! Regular physical activity can improve your overall sense of well being by improving fitness levels and self esteem, reducing the effects of stress, increasing energy and contributing to positive mental health.
Also, physical activity helps to make us stronger and prolongs independence as we age. It also helps prevent chronic diseases, such as some types of cancer, obesity, hypertension, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Every step counts! If you’re not active now, adding any amount of physical activity can bring some health benefits. Start now and slowly increase your physical activity to meet the recommended levels.
To start :
- Choose a variety of physical activities you enjoy.
- Get into a routine.
- Make it social by getting someone to join you.
- Limit the time you spend watching TV or sitting in front of a computer during leisure time.
- Whenever you can, walk, bike, or run instead of taking the car.
- Spread your sessions of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity throughout the week. Do at least 10 minutes of physical activity at a time.
Find physical activity tips for all age groups and learn more on how to combine moderate to vigorous intensity activities with muscle and bone strengthening:
- For children (ages 5-11) and youth (ages 12-17)
- For adults (ages 18-64)
- For older adults (age 65 and older)
We know that physical activity and healthy eating go hand in hand. So also have a look at Canada’s Food Guide for more information on healthy eating.