Activity Benefits and Risks

What are the Benefits of Being Active?

The following are benefits you will receive from incorporating even a minimal level of activity into your daily routine.

  • Better overall health
  • Improved fitness
  • Improved posture and balance
  • Improved self esteem
  • Weight control
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Increased levels of energy
  • Relaxation and reduced stress
  • Continued independent living in later life

What are the Health Risks of Inactivity?

  • Premature death
  • Heart disease
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Adult on set diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Colon Cancer


What Counts as Activity?

Anything that moves you! It is suggested that 10,000 steps a day will assist you in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, 12,000 – 15,000 steps a day will assist your body’s ability to burn calories. Don’t be discouraged if your daily steps are no where close to 10,000. The idea is to gradually increase your steps over time until you reach a target that you are comfortable with.

Try one of these activities to get yourself started;

  • Organized sports
  • Individual activity (running, jogging, working out at the gym)
  • Taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Walking to speak to a coworker instead of sending an email
  • Parking at the farthest part of the car park
  • Walking your dog
  • Playing with your kids
  • Vigorous housework (i.e. vacuuming, washing windows/floors)
  • Home renovation projects
  • Gardening
  • Shoveling your walk
  • Grocery shopping
  • Dancing
  • Swimming

Getting Started

It is recommended that you consult with a medical professional prior to beginning any fitness program, particularly if you answer yes to one or more of the following questions; 

    • Has your doctor every said that you have a heart condition?
    • Do you feel pain in your chest or on your left side (neck, shoulder, or arm) when you exercise?
    • In the past month, have you had chest pains when you were not exercising?
    • Has your doctor told you that you have high blood pressure?
    • Is your doctor currently prescribing medications for blood pressure or a heart condition?
    • Do you often feel faint or have dizzy spells?
    • Do you feel extremely breathless after mild activity?
    • Do you have a bone or joint problem that could be made worse by a change in your physical activity?
    • Do you have a health condition not listed here that may interfere with an exercise program?

     


    Source – Canada’s Physical Activity Guide

 ... anything that moves you! It is suggested that 10,000 steps a day will 
 ... anything that moves you! It is suggested that 10,000 steps a day will