You can find ways to be active at work, school, home, and during free time. Active living is not the same as an exercise program. Active living means making physical activity a part of every day life, whether that means taking the stairs instead of the elevator, taking the kids or dog to the park, participating in a standing or walking meeting, biking to work, doing yoga at lunch, or gardening.
How much exercise is too much?
Being ""physically active"" is easier than you might think. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that we be active for at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) a week to reap the health benefits. The aim is to complete moderate to vigorous aerobic activity, which can be accomplished throughout the day by accumulating 10 minute or more periods of activity.
What are a few examples of different activities?
It is important to include a variety of activities in your routine, including: Walking Corporate or organized events (special activity days, sports teams, etc.) Cycling Dancing Flexibility routines help to maintain the body's ability to bend and stretch easily Yoga Tai Chi Stretches at your workstation Endurance (aerobic) exercise helps improve the body's ability to use oxygen.
How can I schedule active time at work?
The workplace can encourage employees to take on various activities at all levels regardless of age and ability. For most people, they just need help to get started. ""Balance"" needs to come from the individual wanting to start or continue with an activity program, and having encouragement from the workplace in order to meet these objectives. Whether you work in a small or large organization, you can make a difference in your workplace by encouraging employees to engage in various activities at all levels.
How might a fitness program benefit your workplace?
Simply put, promoting physical activity at work improves employees' quality of life both inside and outside of the office. When employees are encouraged to be active, there can be benefits for both the employee and the company, such as: Gains in productivity. Decreases in absenteeism and turnover. More positive and happy employees and workplace culture. Lower medical costs and fewer injuries. Improved corporate image.
How do you launch a program?
The employees, management, and committees can initiate ideas or plans for the workplace; after acknowledging these, you can plan your activities that can be tailored for your particular workplace setting; once a program is in place, it should be monitored, evaluated, and maintained. Encourage employees to get a fitness evaluation and/or health risk assessment.
Where can I get additional details?
The following organizations* have more information on active living: Healthy Living, Health Canada; Physical Activity, Public Health Agency of Canada; Alberta Centre for Active Living (*We have mentioned these organizations as a way of providing a potentially useful referral; you should contact the organization(s) directly for more information about their information and/or services."""