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Physical activity

Physical activity

Principes de base de l’activité physique

Physical activity could literally save your life. Regular physical activity can also help prevent and control risk factors such as high blood pressure, hypercholesterolemia, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer and obesity.

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity be accumulated in segments of 10 minutes or more. Physical activities of moderate intensity include brisk walking and cycling. Activities of vigorous intensity can be ski touring or jogging. To maximize your benefits, spread your activities over several days of the week. This will greatly reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Adding more physical activity to your daily routines can also help reduce your stress level, increase your energy and improve your sleep as your digestion.

Because physical activity helps you feel better, you will be more likely to choose healthy lifestyles and avoid unhealthy choices such as smoking, overeating, and excessive drinking.

The benefits can be felt from the first week of regular activity. For example, your blood pressure may begin to decrease and you may feel more energetic and relaxed. After three months, you may feel healthier, have better posture and balance, stronger muscles and bones, more confidence in yourself and a more positive outlook on life.

Before starting a physical activity program, it is best to consult a health professional to discuss what is best for you.

If you have heart problems, you should probably check out our Strides of the Heart program. This program of physical activity has been specifically designed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation to help people with heart problems engage in regular physical activity.

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Needs in adults
Needs in children
Programme Les enjambées du cœur
Strides of the Heart Program
Types and amount of activity
Using a pedometer

Learn about Canada's Physical Activity Guide

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