Exercice for better living
It’s no secret: exercise plays a major role in maintaining health, wellbeing and quality of life. Physically active people enjoy considerably better health and have a longer life expectancy. In particular, they’re more productive and more likely to avoid illness and injuries.
Staying active doesn’t necessarily mean that your exercise must be strenuous. There are numerous ways to include physical activity in your daily routine, whether at home, at school at work, at play or on the road. As part of a healthy lifestyle, exercise offers a range of benefits to people of all ages and physical abilities.
- Ensure healthy growth and development
- Prevent chronic illnesses such as cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease
- Strengthen the body
- Reduce stress
- Maintain physical autonomy as you get older
Benefits for children (Under the age of 17)
- Improved concentration and better grades at school
- Healthy growth and development
- Greater self-esteem
- Better posture and balance
- Improved physical fitness
- Reduced stress
- Enhanced social life
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Better mental health
- Stronger heart
Benefits for adults (18 to 64 years)
- Better health and a longer life: Regular exercise can help reduce the risk of premature death and chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis.
- Every step counts: If you’re not already active, any additional exercise can offer benefits for your health. Take a step in the right direction. Start today and gradually increase the time you devote to physical activity. You’ll soon begin to see results.
- Feel good about yourself: By developing your physical fitness and self-esteem, reducing stress, boosting energy levels and improving mental health, regular exercise can help bring about an overall sense of wellbeing.
Benefits for the elderly (65 and above)
Exercise that involve weightlifting reduce the rate of bone loss associated with osteoporosis. Regular physical activity helps you maintain strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. It can also help reduce the risk of falls.
Is exercise safe for all people ?
The amount of physical activity we recommend applies to all adults of age who have not been diagnosed or suspected health problems. These recommendations are also valid for pregnant women. See a health care professional if you have any questions about the frequency or type of exercise that suits you best.
Did you know ?
Simply by taking the stairs and climbing two floors per day, you can lose up to 2.7 kg in one year!
Health tip of the week
While seated, lift your feet slightly off the floor and try to hold the position for ten seconds or more. Repeat ten times a day. This exercise is an easy and discreet way to strengthen your legs and abdominal muscles.