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Physical Activity Guidelines

Physical activity is essential for your health, well-being and quality of life.  It reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, increases energy levels, helps you have a healthy body weight, and improves your outlook on life.

The Public Health Agency of Canada encourages Canadians to be active in their everyday lives: at home, at school, at work, and at play.

Children need regular physical activity to grow and develop. Being active allows adults to perform daily tasks with greater ease and comfort and with less fatigue.

For seniors, weight-bearing physical activity reduces the rate of bone loss associated with osteoporosis. Regular physical activity also maintains strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, and can help reduce the risk of falls.

Physical activity doesn’t mean only sports – it can include everyday activities such as:

  • walking the dog
  • planting a garden
  • playing tag
  • building a snowman
  • tobogganing
  • household chores like raking the leaves, or sweeping the garage.

Take a step in the right direction by adding physical activity to your daily routine.  Start by slowly increasing your activity to meet the new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines developed by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). 

The CSEP web site provides physical activity tips for various age groups, from babies to seniors.
 
Being physically active not only strengthens your body, it also makes you feel good about yourself.
 
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Updated May 6, 2013