Common Messages for Physical Activity

There are numerous benefits to regular physical activity and they include:

  • overall improved health
  • better posture and balance
  • enhanced self-esteem
  • increased energy
  • relieves tension and stress
  • encourages better sleep
  • improves performance in academics
  • increases potential to achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • builds stronger muscles and bones
  • facilitates independent living in later life

 

Generally, the more active a person is, the more benefits they will realize.

Conversely, inactive people increase their risk for:

  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • Type II Diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • obesity
  • stroke
  • depression
  • colon cancer

The Halton Region Health Department promotes the use of:

It is important to choose physical activity that appeals to the individual, feels good and is fun. The goal of regular physical activity is not to burn calories but to enjoy the feeling of movement and to make it a regular part of everyday living.

Key Common Messages:

The following messages are used by the Halton Region Health Department to promote active living:

  • Follow Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines

    The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines External Link provide concise, clear direction for Canadians on how to achieve better health by making physical activity a part of their routine. The guidelines are based on scientific and medical evidence as well as research conducted over the last two decades in the areas of medicine, exercise physiology, and psychology. The Guidelines tell Canadians how much physical activity they should strive for and how to get started.
  • Be active your way, every day - for life

    Scientists say accumulate sixty minutes of physical activity every day to stay healthy or improve health. As someone progresses to moderate activities, they can cut down their activity level to thirty minutes, four days a week. People can add up their activities in periods of at least ten minutes each. Start slowly and build up. Every little bit counts
  • Be active together with family and friends

    Safe, enjoyable activities that allow for individual differences while promoting participation, fitness and skill development encourage families to discover the pleasure of being active together. Active living can improve quality of life, strengthen family relationships and foster a sense of community. Leisure time activity is an important factor in developing cohesive, healthy relationships among family members.
  • Choose activities that are moderate and fun

    Physical activity doesn’t have to be hard to improve your health. Even moderate physical activity  helps people feel more energetic, reduces stress, helps people relax, and builds a sense of community. Build physical activity into your daily routine. Choose activities that interest and appeal to you.
  • Participate in a variety of activities including unstructured, non-competitive activities and organized sports

    Participate in unstructured, non-competitive activities in addition to organized sports. You don’t have to run a marathon or do hundreds of push-ups to enjoy the many health benefits of being physically active. Walk whenever you can – get off the bus early, use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Age is no barrier

    Physical activity is important for all ages. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines External Link provide concise, clear direction for Canadians on how to achieve better health by making physical activity a part of their routine. The Public Health Agency of Canada's Physical Activity Tips for Older Adults External Link provides ideas for seniors on how to become more active. Older adults who are inactive should start participating in physical activity slowly and progress gradually. Even small improvements in endurance, strength, and flexibility can improve the health and quality of life of an older adult.
     
    Just as participation in physical activity is important for adults and older adults, there are also many benefits to children and youth. For healthy growth and development, children and youth need to be active everyday. The New Canadian 24-hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth (5-17): An integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep (external link) describes the amount and types of physical activity that offer substantial health to youth. In addition, The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines. These guidelines provide recommendations for the amount of time that Canadian youth should spend in sedentary pursuits in order to minimize health risks.