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Physical Activity

Physical activity isn’t just for the young.

To get health benefits, you need to engage in physical activity for 30 to 60 minutes a day. The time you spend exercising doesn’t have to be a single activity. Combine different ones that last at least 10 minutes each. And the activity doesn’t need to be very challenging: walking at moderate intensity, doing light housework or gardening, and going up stairs are just a few examples.

Unless contraindicated medically, the recommendation is 30 to 60 minutes of continuous physical activity at least 3 times a week to get more health benefits. You can start off by walking (or engaging in another activity) for 10 to 15 minutes. Gradually increase the time until you are up to 30 to 60 minutes at least 3 times a week. Regularly engaging in physical activity will keep your healthier, improve your posture and balance, strengthen your bones and muscles, and better control stress! Being active also stimulates your appetite !

You can take part—singly or in a group—in programs for physical activity. Some examples are walking clubs, aquashape classes, and training centers that offer programs suited to your physical condition. Find out about them from the recreational-services department in your locality. You can also use physical activity to spend time with your children or to get your grandchildren moving.