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How much physical activity do we need?

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults recommend that adults aged 18-64 years old should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. It is also important to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week. More physical activity provides greater health benefits.

Benefits of physical activity

Regular exercise and less sitting will improve your:

  • Energy level
  • Concentration, memory, and alertness
  • Work-life balance
  • Fitness level
  • Feelings about yourself and self confidence

Regular exercise and less sitting will also reduce your:

  • Stress level
  • Risk for injury at work
  • Time off from work or school due to illness
  • Risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some types of cancer


Tips to increase your physical activity

  • Set a goal and create a plan to reach that goal
  • Start off slowly and build up to your goal; small steps lead to successful goals
  • Be a good role model; children will learn from your example
  • Be active with family and friends
  • Keep a pair of comfortable shoes at work
  • Build movement into your daily routine
  • Use a calendar to record steps, time, or distance
  • Stick to it! You need to try a new activity for about four to six weeks before the activity becomes a natural part of your routine and you start to see some benefits
  • Have fun! Choose a variety of activities you like to do


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