Physical activity guidelines
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend all adults (18 and older) should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, in bouts of at least 10 minutes.
Choose an activity that makes you breathe harder and sweat a little to help reduce the risk of chronic disease. Consider:
- Gardening that including digging, shoveling and pushing the lawn mower can be a great aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.
- Social dancing provides a great brain-health mix, including socializing, moving and challenging your brain with new cha cha, waltz or meringue combination steps!
- Doing it with a friend to help you stay motivated.
- Always checking with your doctor if you have specific health concerns.
Because Minds in Motion is being offered in community recreation centres, older adult centres or similar community-based multi-service organizations, participants will be introduced to additional recreational opportunities which could also help them meet the recommended 2 ½ hours.
Did you know:When blood circulates to the brain, it nourishes the cells with nutrients and oxygen, and it encourages the development of new cells and new connections. This is called “plasticity,” and it’s a process the brain is capable of doing at any age!