Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

Physical Activity

Increasing physical activity is an important way to reduce chances of obtaining chronic disease. Being active for at least 150 minutes per week can help reduce the risk of:

  • premature death
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • high blood pressure
  • certain types of cancer
  • type 2 diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • overweight and obesity

Being active for at least 150 minutes per week can lead to improved mental and physical health.

Sedentary Behaviour

It is important to reduce the amount of sitting that you do in addition to increasing your activity. Sedentary behaviour includes “screen time”, the amount of time you spend looking at a computer, phone or TV screen—and other behaviours too—it includes sitting in meetings and at school, or driving, for example.

Finding ways to break up times when you are sitting, and not moving around, is important to improve your health. For example, if you work in an office setting for eight hours per day, it’s important to stand 1-2 times per hour for those who can.