Being physically active is enjoyable, has huge health benefits and improves quality of life. It not only strengthens the body, but also makes people feel good about themselves. Physical activity reduces stress, strengthens the heart and lungs, increases energy levels, helps maintain and achieve a healthy body weight and the best part of all - it’s something everyone can do.
It’s fun to be active with family and friends and there are many simple ways to do it every day. Enjoy a daily walk and take the stairs instead of the elevator; spend less time in front of the television or computer and more time outside. Adults need 30 minutes of moderate activity daily most days of the week to experience the benefits of physical activity while children and youth need 90 minutes a day for healthy growth and development.
For more information on simple ways to be active, go to Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living or visit the websites below:
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