The Benefits of Physical Activity

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Physical activity is vital to maintaining health, and it doesn’t have to be difficult and time-consuming in order to be beneficial.   It does more for you than just help you lose weight or build muscle. Scientific studies show that regular physical activity helps:

  • decrease stress
  • relieve depression and anxiety
  • increase energy and happiness
  • improve mood
  • improve sleep
  • improve digestion
  • strengthen the immune system
  • reduce blood pressure
  • improve body composition by reducing fat
  • improves cholesterol levels in the blood
  • prevent type 2 diabetes and heart disease
  • prevent osteoporosis and some forms of cancer

All of which contribute to better health.

Why be active?

The human body is designed to move. Our modern lifestyle, with all of its conveniences, has made many of us much too inactive. Fifty percent of Ontarians continue to lead inactive lives.
An inactive lifestyle threatens your health.
The World Health Organization estimates that physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of death, responsible for an estimated:

  • 22-23% of heart disease
  • 16-17% of colon cancer
  • 15% of diabetes
  • 12% of strokes
  • 11% of breast cancer

Physical activity doesn’t need to be hard. Any effort you make, especially if you are just starting out, will help. As little as 30 minutes a day of brisk walking can improve your health and will help you feel better.  Look throughout this website for expert advice, tips and ideas to help you and your family get active now.

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