Good physical and mental health starts by adopting healthy habits, like getting regular exercise. Of course you already know this, but your motivation might need a little boost. Here are some facts to help you get moving!
1. Exercise contributes to optimal development at every age
It’s pretty much a given that regular exercise is crucial for the healthy growth and development of children, but did you know that this is also true for adults?
2. Exercise can help prevent diseases
Regular exercise can really help prevent certain diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.
3. Exercise makes you stronger
Stronger muscles mean a stronger body so you risk fewer injuries when you engage in strenuous activities such as shovelling snow.
4. Exercise makes you happy
Literally! That’s because when you exercise your brain releases endorphins—also called “happy hormones” because they make us feel more confident and boost our energy to incredible levels.
5. Exercise relieves stress
According to the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute, practising a physical activity for 20 to 40 minutes can help relieve stress for two to four hours. Even better: significant improvements in stress and anxiety levels are felt after fifteen weeks of training.
6. Exercise helps you clean faster
It’s true! Exercise will make doing your daily tasks much easier. And we’re not just talking about cleaning the house—your grocery bags will feel lighter and shovelling the snow will be a breeze.
7. Exercise to a healthy weight
Exercise can help you achieve and maintain your healthy weight. In the long run, it can also help you keep the weight off. Be aware, however, that exercise must be accompanied by a balanced diet to increase your chances of losing weight.
8. Exercise helps you age better
Exercise has beneficial effects on your overall health and will allow you to remain independent longer. It also promotes flexibility, balance and coordination that help prevent falls and injuries.
To each their guide
Just as Canada’s Food Guide can help you eat better, Canada’s Physical Activity Guide can help you stay in better shape longer. You will find information and advice to help you add physical activity to your daily routine and tips to stay motivated. When you choose a physical activity, keep your needs and capabilities in mind, and pick one that will stimulate you. Adding physical activity to your routine can be quite a challenge for some people. Don’t get discouraged and start progressively. There are many resources available to help you reach your goals. Your pharmacists are also there to help guide you. Don’t hesitate to consult them.
All medications and natural health products can cause serious side effects or interactions with other medications. Carefully read the instructions, warnings and patient information sheets provided by the manufacturer. Keep out of the reach of children.
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