The cooler weather is upon us and sometimes that means we slow down on our physical activity. However, that shouldn’t be the case as it is proven that physical activity not only keeps our bodies strong for everyday life but also our mental health. According to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology adults aged 18 to 64 years need at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week in short periods of 10 minutes or more. Are you getting the exercise you need?
Here are a few activities you can do to achieve these results this Fall:
- Go for a brisk walk or a job
- Take a dance class after work
- Try a new sport
Physical activity done regularly can help reduce the risk of many health conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. As mentioned earlier, not only is our physical health impacted but also our mental health. Physical activity reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's by 40% and decreases depression as effectively as Prozac or Cognitive Therapy.
Are you investing in your health as much as you should? I challenge each of you to take the physical activity challenge in this month's wellness newsletter and get outside and enjoy the nice weather while you can!
Darren E.R. Warburton, Crystal Whitney Nicol, Shannon S.D. Bredin. Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence. CMAJ Mar 2006, 174 (6) 801-809; DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.051351
Blair et al. EiM handbook, 2009, Warburton et al. UBNPA, 2010