Physical activity

Physical activity
Stefanie Senior

By: Stefanie Senior

Registered Dietitian, 
in collaboration with Live Right Now

We all know that physical activity is good for our health but the fact that it can enhance your quality of life and help you live longer makes regular physical activity even more critical. Below are our top 5 reasons to exercise:

Feel your best: physical activity signals the release of "feel good chemicals" that enhance mood and help prevent and manage depression.

Boost energy: physical activity helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues, builds strength and stamina and keeps your heart and lungs healthy. This makes everyday tasks seem easier and more enjoyable.

Fight disease: staying fit can help you prevent or manage heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer.

Manage weight: physical activity burns calories and the more you do, and the more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don't have to set aside a big chunk of time to meet your physical activity needs - squeeze in 10 minute bouts whenever you can. It all adds up! And don't forget to resistance train to maintain strength, muscle mass and a healthy metabolism as you age.

Get more ZZZs: regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and get into a deeper state of sleep. Remember to maintain good sleep hygiene and avoid exercising or doing anything too stimulating right before bed.

Take note! You don't need an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment to exercise your body. Walking, biking, hiking and even shovelling snow or mowing the lawn can get your heart rate up and blood flowing. Always speak with your physician before starting or changing your physical activity regimen.

Curious how much physical activity you should be getting? Click here to use our Get Enough tool.

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