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Physical Activity for Adults (18 to 64 years)

Physical activity has many physical, emotional, psychological and social benefits for adults. It can reduce your risk of developing chronic disease and help you live longer. To help improve your health, try to add physical activity to your daily routine and make it a part of your everyday life.

With the mixed messages in today’s media, it can be hard to know what amount of activity, rest, and sleep is best for you. According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults, adults 18 to 64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity makes you sweat and breathe harder (i.e. brisk walking, jogging, bike riding, swimming). You should also participate in activities that strengthen your bone and muscle at least two days per week.

Physical activity should be fun!  It is possible to live an active life and meet the Canadian Physical Activity guidelines with minimal exercise. Try to find activities that are enjoyable for you, whether it is playing sports, doing housework, walking or dancing. Check out these ideas for new ways to get physically active!

Another great way to get your recommended physical activity is by using active transportation. This means using any man-made mode of travel (cycling, walking, running, skating, etc.). This doesn’t just mean riding your bike to work. Using active transportation can happen any time, such as making a trip to the grocery store, dropping off kids at school, going on a hike, and more.

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