Increasing physical activity is an important way to reduce chances of obtaining chronic disease. Health Canada points out that physical activity can:
Physical activity for health benefits means that adults should include some physical activity into your day, every day. A healthy physically active lifestyle for an adult aged 18 – 64 years means achieving the recommendations from the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines of:
A popular physical activity is walking. In promoting walking not only does the walkablility of a community increase physical activity levels but it also has environment and economic benefits in addition to health benefits.
The Provincial Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Team worked with the City of Calgary STEP FORWARD Pedestrian Strategy to develop an infographic summarizing the health benefits of walking. To see more information on walkable communities visit: ahs.ca/walk
Sedentary behaviour is a unique behaviour that is separate from physical inactivity. Specifically, it’s sitting (or lying down) for prolonged periods of time when you are awake. Excessive sedentary behaviour can have negative effects your health.
A national study shows that Canadians spend, on average, up to a shocking 10 hours per day sitting. Evidence specific to Alberta shows that Albertans spend on average 9 hours on week days and 8.25 hours on weekends being sedentary. 1/3 of Albertans are sedentary for greater than 10 hours per day. Finding ways to break up times when you are sitting, and not moving around, is important to improve your health.
As a health professional promoting the reduction of sedentary behaviour, we must: