Move for Health Day
Mark your calendars - May 10 is Move for Health Day, and we are encouraging everyone to get out and get moving! Move for Health Day is an international event created in 2002 by the World Health Organization to promote physical activity. Join people and communities from around the world - let's all get out there and be active!
Facts, Tips & Benefits
It is a frightening thought to know that physical inactivity is costing Canadian taxpayers approximately $6.8 billion dollars a year. On a positive note, getting moving and being active is associated with as much as a 30% reduction in all causes of mortality rates.
- Did You Know?
- » Childhood obesity in Canada has tripled over the past three decades.
- » Canadian kids are spending seven hours and 48 minutes a day in front of television, video game and computer screens – over the course of a week, and that is as much time as their parents spend at work.
- » A billion people worldwide are overweight and 300 million are obese.
- » Physical inactivity is one of the five leading global risk factors for mortality and is estimated to cause 2 million deaths per year.
- » Physical inactivity is estimated to cause 21-25% of breast cancers and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and 30% of ischemic heart disease.
- » 1 in 4 Canadian adults are obese.
- » Physical activity appears to reduce the risk of over 25 chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, breast cancer, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
- » Fit individuals who are obese have a lower risk of all-cause mortality than do unfit normal-weight or lean individuals. Fit adults outlived the unfit regardless of their obesity levels or weight.
- Benefits Of Regular Physical Activity
- » Control your weight
- » Improve your overall health
- » Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- » Reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes
- » Reduce your risk of some cancers
- » Increase your self-esteem
- » Improve your mental health
- » Help you sleep more restfully
- » Improve your ability to carry out daily tasks and reduce the risk of falling
- » Strengthen your muscles and bones
- » Increase your energy
- » Help you relax and reduce stress
- » Help you to continue to live independently in later life
- » Increase your chances of living longer
- How To Stay Active
- » Choose activities you like and this will help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle because you are doing something you enjoy! If you love to dance, sign up for a Zumba class!
- » Cut down on "screen time" because long hours of sitting in front of the TV, computer or video games increases your risk of weight gain.
- » Walk whenever you can: use the stairs instead of the elevator, get off the bus at an earlier stop, park farther away, borrow the neighbour’s dog and head over to the park!
- » Be flexible: stretch every day even when you’re sitting at your desk!
- » Take time to participate in activities as a family, such as cycling the Trans Canada Trail or hiking on Burnaby Mountain.
- » Continue to be active during down time - fit in some stretching or practice good posture.
- » Make it social and invite a friend to exercise with you.
- » Remember to take a few minutes every day to relax and think of something positive.
- » Congratulate yourself and celebrate your successes, but not with a big piece of cake!
- Recommended Physical Activity
- In 2011, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) updated its guidelines for physical activity levels. These recommendations are supported by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The guidelines are:
- » Children (5-11 years old) – at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day.
- » Youth (12-17 years old) – at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day.
- » Adults (18-64 years old) – at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.
- » Older Adults (older than 65 years) – at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.
Exercise produces only great and positive side effects and helps prevent all kinds of disease. So come on, Burnaby... what are we waiting for... let’s get moving!