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It has been estimated that over 60% of Ontarians do not meet the recommended guideline for physical activity. Studies show that people who are physically active live longer and healthier lives. They have significantly less risk of developing heart disease and other chronic health problems - leading to a better quality of life and lower health care costs.

Active people are more productive, with less time off work for illness and injury. They also report greater self-esteem and personal self-reliance. For youth in particular, physical activity offers a creative outlet for leisure time.

 
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Why exercise is vital to health

Exercise doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming in order to be beneficial. Simply walking to the store or taking the stairs can make a big difference.

 
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30 minutes of walking is all you need

Find out just how easy it can be to get active. There’s lots you can do all year around in your neighbourhood and around Ontario. 

 
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Mental health matters

Your mood and thoughts are affected by stress at work, relationships, and your normal daily activities. Mental health involves finding a balance in all these parts of your life.

Tools

These tools will help you assess your current fitness level, and to be more active in ways that are fun and safe.

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Active Ontarians

Get inspired by Ontarians who are making a difference for themselves and their communities.

Dee MillerDee Miller: Renewed Strength for Ontarians with Cancer

Sam CaragianakosSam Caragianakos: Sharing his Taste for Healthy Changes

John HyslopJohn Hyslop: Walking With a View

Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines external link
February 15, 2011 - The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) announced new guidelines for children and youth that recommend limiting time spent sitting for long periods, using motorized transportation (such as a bus or a car), watching television and playing computer or video games.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines external link
January 24, 2011 - The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) announced new guidelines for children, youth, adults and older adults on how much physical activity is needed to be healthy and to help reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other diseases.

Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living external link
Ontario has contributed to this federal government guide that will help you to make wise choices about physical activity. Choices that will improve your health, help prevent disease, and allow you to get the most out of life.