Regular physical activity:
It’s important to make physical activity part of your everyday routine. Start slowly by adding activities you enjoy into your life.
Aerobic activities work your heart and lungs (e.g., walking, cycling, and swimming).
Try to work at a moderate to vigorous intensity: This means that you’ll sweat lightly and breathe faster and deeper.
A specific ‘Prescription To Get Active’ program which focuses only on physical activity exists in some communities in Alberta.
Visit Prescription To Get Active to learn more about this program.
There are numerous benefits to an active and healthy lifestyle
The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines provide the recommended amount and types of physical activity needed to experience significant, positive changes in your health
It can be difficult to start and stick with moving more and sitting less
Coming up with a plan and setting goals can help you start and stick with a physical activity schedule. Define your SMART goals and develop a physical activity plan.
Recording you physical activity is a great way to keep your motivation up and notice improvements to your health.
There are often free apps available on your smart phone that allows you to easily track your activity throughout the day. Search “activity tracker” in your phone’s app store to find an app that works for you.
For those who like to track their activity on paper, check out UWalk’s Activity Log.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to be active. You can walk for fun, for your health and to help get to work, school or doing errands. The more walking you can fit into your day, the better!
UWalk is an Alberta resource that provides information and tools on the benefits of walking, tracking your steps, participating in walking challenges, and much more.
Finding ways to be active at work can help you fit more physical activity in your day.
Active every day! Children aged 5-11 years and youth aged 12-17 years should be physically active every day for an hour each day.
Active for life is a website for parents that gives direction, education and inspiration on how to get their kids active.