Fitness and Exercise
British Columbia Specific Information
Physical activity has so many benefits to your health. It can help you get to and stay at a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of bone fractures if you have osteoporosis, and can reduce the risk of many other illnesses like cancer and heart disease.
There are many ways you can add physical activity to your healthy lifestyle, no matter your age or activity level, see our Physical Activity feature for more information or visit Physical Activity Line (PAL). You can also call PAL at 1-877-725-1149 toll-free anywhere in British Columbia, or 604-241-2266 in Greater Vancouver to speak to one of their qualified exercise professionals between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
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Fitness and Exercise
Learn about fitness and exercise
Physical activity is not just for jocks. It's for everyone. Being active can help you stay healthy, control your weight, and get the most out of life. No matter what your age or condition, there is a type of exercise that's right for you.
To learn more, browse our Fitness and Exercise topics, or start with these:
- Achilles Tendon Injury: Physiotherapy and Rehab
- ADHD: Taking Care of Yourself When Your Child Has ADHD
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
- Being Active When You Have More Than One Health Problem
- Bob's Story: Biking for Health
- Boosting Your Metabolism
- Breast-Feeding: Exercise and Weight Loss
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase I: In the Hospital
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II: Hospital to Home
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase III: Outpatient Program
- Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase IV: Long-Term Lifestyle Change
- Cardiac Rehabilitation: Monitoring Your Body's Response to Exercise
- Cardiac Rehabilitation: Weight and Resistance Training
- Congenital Heart Defects: Exercise and Sports
- Diabetic Neuropathy: Exercising Safely
- Energy and Sports Drinks
- Exercise and Osteoarthritis
- Exercise and Physical Activity Ideas
- Exercise During Pregnancy
- Exercise for Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Exercise Helps Maggie Stay at a Healthy Weight
- Exercises After Mastectomy
- Exercises for Arm and Wrist
- Exercising to Prevent a Stroke
- Exercising While Sitting Down
- Exercising With a Bunion
- Expert: Be Active to Help Your Back Heal
- Fit Physical Activity Into the Workplace
- Fitness Clothing and Gear
- Fitness Machines
- Fitness: Adding Variety to Your Exercise
- Fitness: Getting and Staying Active
- Fitness: Getting Around Barriers to Exercise
- Get Regular Exercise for Mental Health
- Getting Started With Flexibility and Stretching
- Graded Exercise Progress Chart
- Healthy Aging
- Healthy Attitudes Toward Food and Exercise
- Healthy Habits for Kids
- Healthy Muscles
- Heart Arrhythmias and Exercise
- Heat-Related Illnesses
- Helping Children With Disabilities Stay Active
- HIV and Exercise
- Interactive Tool: How Many Calories Did You Burn?
- Interactive Tool: What Is Your Target Heart Rate?
- John's Story: Finding a Way to Exercise
- Keeping Change Going—Your New Normal
- Kris's Story: Getting Active With No Excuses
- Making a Change That Matters
- MSA Process: Recovery After Injury
- Muscle Cramps
- Neck Exercises
- Not Ready for Change?
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Occupational Therapy for People With Chronic Disease
- Overuse Injuries
- Parkinson's Disease and Exercise
- Physical Activity as You Get Older
- Physical Activity for Children and Teens
- Physical Activity for Weight Loss
- Physical Activity Helps Prevent a Heart Attack and Stroke
- Plantar Fasciitis: Resuming Your Training
- Prediabetes: Exercise Tips
- Preventing Children's Injuries From Sports and Other Activities
- Preventing Falls: Exercises for Strength and Balance
- Preventing Foot Problems: Training Techniques
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Prone Buttocks Squeeze
- Questions to Ask Before Starting a Fitness Program
- Quick Tips: Exercising Safely With Arthritis
- Quick Tips: Fitting Physical Activity Into Your Day
- Quick Tips: Getting Active as a Family
- Quick Tips: Getting Active at Home
- Quick Tips: Getting in Shape Without Spending Money
- Quick Tips: Having Enough Energy to Stay Active
- Quick Tips: Staying Active in Cold Weather
- Quick Tips: Staying Active in Hot Weather
- Quick Tips: Staying Active When You Travel
- Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
- Returning to Play After a Head Injury During a Sporting Event
- Robert's Story: Getting and Staying Active
- Rotator Cuff Disorders
- Setting Goals
- Shellie's Story: Finding Time for Physical Activity
- Spinal Cord Injury: Flexibility Exercises
- Sports Hernia
- Sports Training With Plantar Fasciitis
- Sports-Related Dehydration
- Swimmer's Ear (Otitis Externa)
- Tai Chi and Qi Gong
- The Three Kinds of Fitness
- Thinking About a Change?
- Tips for Buying Fitness Machines or Devices
- Tips for Exercising Safely When You Have Diabetes
- Tips for Picking the Right Activities
- Vertigo: Level 1 (Easy) Balance Exercises
- Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises
- Vertigo: Walking Exercises
- Walking as Aerobic Exercise
- Water Exercise
- Weight Management
- Weight-Bearing Exercises to Maintain Healthy Bones
- ACL Injury: Exercises to Do Before Treatment
- COPD: Using Exercise to Feel Better
- Fitness: Adding More Activity to Your Life
- Fitness: Choosing Activities That Are Right for You
- Fitness: Increasing Core Stability
- Fitness: Making It a Habit
- Fitness: Staying Active When You Have Young Children
- Fitness: Teaching Your Child to Stay Active
- Fitness: Using a Pedometer or Step Counter
- Fitness: Walking for Wellness
- Heart Disease: Exercising for a Healthy Heart
- Heart Disease: Walking for a Healthy Heart
- Heart Failure: Activity and Exercise
- Low Back Pain: Exercises to Reduce Pain
- Meniscus Tear: Rehabilitation Exercises
- Osteoarthritis: Exercising With Arthritis
- Patellar Tracking Disorder: Exercises
- Plantar Fasciitis: Exercises to Relieve Pain
- Rotator Cuff Problems: Exercises You Can Do at Home
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