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Physical Activity

What You Can Do - Adults & Older Adults

Be Aware

  • that being physically inactive is dangerous to your health.
  • that every bit of physical activity is important, and more is better.
  • of the benefits of daily physical activity such as better health, improved fitness, better posture and balance, better self-esteem, weight control, stronger muscles and bones, feeling more energetic and relaxed, and experiencing less stress.
  • that daily physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your risk for developing certain chronic diseases.
  • that physical inactivity is significantly attributed to coronary artery disease, stroke, hypertension, colon and breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
  • of the recommendations in the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.
  • that physical activity is important for healthy ageing, improving and maintaining quality of life and independence in older adults.
  • that research identifies that physical activity enhances learning and memory and can delay or prevent cognitive decline in older adults.
  • of physical activity and healthy communities information/resources available to you and your community by contacting the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit “Health Connection” line at 705-721-7520 or toll free at 1-877-721-7520.

Make It Easy

  • by fitting physical activity into your daily routine such as walking or cycling reasonable distances to get to places like work, shopping and visiting friends.
  • by parking the car and walking part of the way to your destination.
  • for your children and grandchildren to enjoy active play every day.
  • for your children and grandchildren to find ways to make physical activity part of their daily routine by walking/cycling with them to school.

Be Involved

  • in role modeling active living for your family.
  • in finding ways to reduce time spent sitting/being sedentary throughout the day.
  • in taking regular physical activity/stretch breaks during long road trips.
  • by exploring local parks and trails with family and friends.
  • by joining with others to organize a walking/running group.
  • in supporting active and safe routes to school in your neighbourhood.
  • with neighbours to ensure a healthy and safe community.

Speak Out

  • for a neighbourhood/community that encourages and supports physical activity.
  • by talking with your mayor or ward councillor about a healthy community design that supports you and your family to safely walk and cycle places.
  • for well-designed and maintained neighbourhood parks and green space that enable children and youth to safely explore and play.
  • by asking about no cost/low cost physical activity/recreation programming.
  • for policies that ensure access to recreation for all members of the community.
  • by asking your employer to provide secure bicycle storage facilities, and employee showers and locker facilities for active commutes to work.
  • by asking businesses to create a supportive environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
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