Steps to a health­ier you

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

The Cana­dian Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Guide­lines state that adults and older adults strive to ac­cu­mu­late at least 150 min­utes of mod­er­ate to vig­or­ous phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity through­out the week. The “Walk­ing…what a feel­ing!” guide­book helps adults to achieve the guide­lines and en­cour­ages a way of life that val­ues phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and makes it a nat­u­ral part of your day.

Ac­tive liv­ing is for ev­ery­one, regard­less of imag­ined bar­ri­ers like age, gen­der or abil­ity. Ac­tive liv­ing is your way, ev­ery day.

Take the first step. The rest will fol­low.

The East­ern On­tario Health Unit chal­lenges you to be­come more ac­tive.

This per­sonal chal­lenge en­cour­ages res­i­dents of the five coun­ties to get out and walk. The chal­lenge starts when you take your first step to bet­ter health. So lace up, step out, and en­joy the ben­e­fits you’ll re­ceive from be­ing ac­tive.

Walk­ing, or any ac­tiv­ity that in­volves walk­ing, counts. For ex­am­ple, if your fam­ily goes for a walk, record ev­ery­one’s time. Walk­ing while play­ing golf counts, but not if you use a golf cart. Cut­ting the lawn counts, but not if you use a rid­ing lawn­mower.

Use the cal­en­dar in the “Walk­ing... what a feel­ing!” guide­book to keep track of the amount of time you’ve walked and re­ward your­self when you reach dif­fer­ent milestones. Ben­e­fits of Walk­ing Heart: Reg­u­lar walk­ing strength­ens the heart and im­proves its ef­fi­ciency. It can de­crease your risk of heart dis­ease.

Bones: Weight bear­ing ac­tiv­i­ties strengthen bones and slow bone loss that can lead to os­teo­poro­sis.

Mind: Walk­ing can im­prove your self-im­age and de­crease de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. Ex­er­cise is the best tran­quil­lizer.

Weight Con­trol: Walk­ing burns calo­ries and con­trols ap­petite.

Smoke-Free: Walk­ing is a great way to over­come a nico­tine crav­ing. It will help you main­tain or de­crease your body weight as you quit smok­ing.

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