Benefits increase as physical activity increases

If you are not very active and you start increasing your physical activity, you will start to see benefits in 4-12 weeks.

Start slowly and gradually build up.

Physical activity does not have to be hard to improve your health.

Take a look at the benefits you can achieve from physical activity.

Benefits when starting out:

  • Meet new people
  • Feel more relaxed
  • Sleep better
  • Have more fun

Benefits from regular physical activity:

  • Continued independent living
  • Better physical and mental health
  • Improved quality of life
  • More energy
  • Move with fewer aches and pains
  • Better posture and balance
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Weight maintenance
  • Stronger muscles and bones
  • Relaxation and reduced stress

Research tells us that being active reduces the risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Falls and injuries
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Adults-onset diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Depression
  • Colon cancer
  • Premature death

(Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults)

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