Steps to a healthier you
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.