Being physically active is great for your health. From relieving stress to improving fitness, having an active lifestyle provides lots of benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease and stroke. Regular activity helps prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol,type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer, and obesity.
The Canadian Physical Activity Guideline (csep.ca/guidelines) recommend that adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity a week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more to achieve health benefits. The best approach is to participate in activities that you find enjoyable as you are more likely to sustain the habit once established. Some examples of aerobic activity are brisk walking, running, swimming and bicycling. Adults should accumulate this activity over and above the activities of daily living, such as housekeeping, preparing meals and shopping. Be sure to consult your physician before starting any activity program. If you’re just starting out, go slow and work up gradually… and then keep at it, and within three months or less, you’ll notice a big difference in your fitness level.
You’ll feel better, have more energy, sleep more soundly, and reduce your stress. What are you doing to be more active? Share with us! #dilwalk