How much exercise do I need?

Accumulate at least 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity activity on most, or preferably all, days of the week. In order to achieve health benefits, scientists say to accumulate 30-60 minutes of physical activity every day to stay healthy or improve your health. WOW! 60 minutes – one hour. You may be thinking that’s impossible, how can I ever manage to find an hour in my day? Two key words in the guideline are “accumulate” and “moderate”. We can add up physical activity that we do in spurts throughout the day! It is the total energy expenditure over the entire day that is important. The total time of activity needed (30 minutes vs. 60 minutes) depends on your effort. As the intensity increases, the time needed to achieve the benefits decreases. Physical activity doesn’t have to be very hard to improve your health. You choose based on your time restrictions, ability and preferences. Improving your health can be achieved by building physical activities into your daily routine. Just add up periods of at least 10 minutes each throughout the day. The Physical Activity Guide is a made in Canada product based on years of international research. It provides a rainbow of physical activities that can help you have more energy, move more easily, and get stronger. It tells you how much activity you should strive for and how to get started. It also lists the many benefits of physical activity and the health risks of inactivity. The guide was developed to give Canadians accurate information and to help us get moving. If you would like to see the Physical Activity Guide go to Canada’s Physical Activity Guide