Physical Activity for Adults

Physical activity plays an important role in both physical and mental health. People who are physically active tend to live longer, healthier lives. Active people are more productive, and more likely to avoid illness and injury¹.

Whether it’s dancing, exploring, sports, or working out at the gym, safe and regular physical activity will keep the body moving and the heart pumping to provide immediate and long-term health benefits.

At least a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity a day can:

  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Help manage weight
  • Improve endurance, strength, flexibility
  • Build stronger bones, muscles and joints
  • Lower risk of osteoporosis 
  • Reduce risk of falls
  • Boost energy and mood
  • Improve sleep

On the other hand, a lack of physical activity can increase risks of developing preventable conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety, stress, and feelings of depression
  • High blood pressure, coronary heart diseases, colon cancer, and obesity
  • Premature death

One way to ensure you and your family are staying physically active is to consider using active transportation methods rather than relying on a car to get to and from destinations. 

Some examples of active transportation include:

  • Walking or wheeling (e.g. scooter, bike, rollerblade) to and from work 
  • Walking or wheeling  to and from school with your children
  • Walking or wheeling to appointments or errands 

These methods of transportation can help improve your health, save money, and reduce pollution.  For children, they can contribute to improved learning outcomes, social connections, and physical and mental health. 

Additionally, use of active transportation in school zones can help reduce traffic around schools, creating a safer environment with less traffic hazards and better air quality. 

If you are within 15 minutes of your destination, consider walking or biking the next time you need to go out! If the trip is outside of a 15 minute walk or bike, consider driving part way and walking the rest to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. 

For more tips on how to incorporate active transportation into your daily routine, see the resources below!

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada
  2. ParticipACTION