Did you know that exercise is one of the most powerful behaviours you can take part in to lower your risk of disease and improve your quality of life? Being active regularly can reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, certain types of cancers and many other health conditions.
Health Canada recommends that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. It is important to engage in activities that increase heart rate such as jogging, swimming, brisk walking as well as strength training exercises such as weight lifting. Being active after weight loss can play a major role in preventing weight regain as well.
Exercise helps burn calories that would otherwise be stored as fat. It can also help your body build more muscle. The more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn throughout the day, even when you are at rest!
If you are having trouble getting active, try to identify the barriers that are in your way. Many people report lack of time is a major challenge for being physically active, but even small bouts of activity add up. Simple choices like parking your car further away from the grocery store, taking the stairs or going for a small walk on your lunch break can increase your activity level with little effort and planning. If being too tired is what make it challenging for you to get active, remember that exercise can counter the effects of fatigue. Exercising can lead to having more energy and improved sleep quality.
Find ways to make physical activity enjoyable for you. You can get active with family and friends to make it more fun! Make sure you are doing a type of activity that you enjoy and that keeps you motivated. You can do a variety of activities to keep things more interesting.