Physical Activity and Being Sedentary

Similar to the Canadian Food Guide, there are official recommendations on how much physical activity the average person should accumulate each week. The Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology's guideline advocates 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity and at least 2 days with muscle strengthening activities each week. These recommendations represent the minimum level of activity needed to experience the benefits of physical activity and exercise for adults. 

The 150 minutes of cardio can be accumulated in bouts of as little as 10 minutes a time!  Brisk walking, biking or playing a sport like soccer and tennis are good options. Activities such as weight-training, gardening, swimming or yoga all count as muscle and bone strengthening activities. Remember, these guidelines only illustrate the minimum level of activity in a week required to maintain good health. Research has shown that the more leisure-time activities and exercise a person gets, the greater the benefit will be.  These advantages include longer life expediencies and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.  

Of course, if you have a goal to decrease body fat, strengthen your heart and joints it requires exercise prescriptions to achieve personal results. This helps to do things correctly and progressively. There is no sense in wasting time on yourself with limited results and so much effort!


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