How Much Exercise You Should Be Getting, and How to Get it!

In this post, I would like to focus on the importance of physical activity. Healthy living cannot be accomplished without exercise, no matter how healthy your diet is. It reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and premature death.

Canadian physical activity guidelines for adults 18-64 include:

1)      Accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.

2)      It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week.

Moderate intensity activities cause you to sweat a bit and breathe a little bit harder. Vigorous activities cause you to be out of breath.

So try sneaking in a bit more walking here and there. If you take the bus, get off a couple of stops earlier. If you drive a car, park a bit further. Take the stairs, take the longer route, and get creative with your activity and you will meet these guidelines in no time.

There are a bunch of products out that monitor your physical activity. They are a bit pricy but are a great way to motivate you and get an idea of your physical activity level. Pedometers are a great alternative as they are inexpensive. Adults need around 10, 000 steps/day for a healthy lifestyle.

And remember, activity doesn’t have to happen at the gym! Sound off your creative ways of staying active.

-Stay active