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Physical Activity

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Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives. Active people are more productive, and more likely to avoid illness and injury.

Physical activity reduces the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Some types of cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

From Public Health Agency of Canada

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Click on the topic links below or on the side bar to the right to find more information on Physical Activity.  For more information on programs call 519 383-8331 or 1-800-667-1839 extension 2119.

Children and Youth

Adults

Older Adults

Physical Activity and Pregnancy

Active Transportation

Walking into Health

Active Outdoors

Physical Activity in the Workplace

  

Risks associated with physical Inactivity

Physical inactivity costs Canadian taxpayers approximately $6.8 billion a year, or 3.7 percent of health care costs, per year. Getting moving and active is associated with as much as a 30% reduction in all causes of mortality rates.
From ParticipACTION

What does Physical Activity mean?

Physical activity is any muscle movement that uses energy. There are 2 main ways to be physically active; one is active living and the other is exercise:

  • Active Living is a way of life where being active is natural, and happens every day.
  • Exercise is planned and routine, such as attending an aerobic class.

There are 3 types of activities:

  • Endurance -continuous activities for your heart, lungs and circulatory system, such as walking and recreational sports.
  • Strength - activities against resistance to strengthen muscles and bones improve posture and help prevent diseases, such as weight lifting.
  • Flexibility - gentle reaching, bending and stretching activities to keep your muscles relaxed and your joints mobile, such as yoga.

Watch this video to learn ONE simple way to make the biggest difference in your health! (9.19 minutes)