Physical activity has many benefits for your health. No matter what your age or activity level, it is important that you get enough physical activity. The resources below provide an overview of why physical activity is important, how it can benefit your mental and emotional health, and how to add more physical activity to your life, including tips on setting realistic and timely goals.
Benefits of Physical Activity
Making sure you get enough physical exercise every day is an important part of your overall health. Learn about the many health benefits of physical activity.
- Health Benefits of Physical Activity
- Healthy Lifestyle Actions to Reduce and Manage Stress
- Mental and Emotional Benefits of Activity
- Muscular Strength and Endurance
- Physical Activity Definitions
Choosing the Right Options
Most physical activities require equipment of some sort, even if it’s as simple as a pair of running shoes or a video that allows you to work out right in your own home. Get tips on how to choose the right options for you.
Safety Tips and Precautions
Whether it’s making sure you do a proper warm up or being cautious when you go for a jog in the winter, it’s important to always take safety precautions when participating in a physical activity. Learn what you can do to make sure you are exercising safely.
- Cooling Down
- How to Exercise Safely
- Injury Prevention
- Physical Activity in Winter
- Precautions for Flexibility Activities
- Precautions for Strengthening Activities
- Warming Up
Setting Goals and Overcoming Barriers
Getting enough physical activity doesn’t have to be difficult. Learn what you can do to set goals and overcome barriers.
- Getting Started: Adding More Physical Activity to Your Life
- Myths About Physical Activity
- Overcoming Barriers: Adding More Physical Activity to your Life
- SMART Goal Setting
- Stages of Changing Behaviour
- Staying Active
Many of us spend quite a bit of time at work, or commuting to and from work, each week. Learn what you can do to support wellness in the workplace.
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Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) provides information about advances in exercise science research. CSEP provides evidenced-based guidelines that promote fitness, performance and health outcomes for Canadians.
- 24-Hour Movement Guidelines – Early Years (0-4)
- 24-Hour Movement Guidelines – Children + Youth (5-17)
- Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines – Adults (18-64 years)
- Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines – Older Adults (65+)
Childhood Obesity Foundation
The Childhood Obesity Foundation promotes healthy weights in children and youth by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and active lifestyles.
Public Health Agency of Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada is the Federal Agency responsible for health promotion, including physical activity. Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. For more information about physical activity, including tips to help you be more active, click on the links below.