You don't need to spend hours at the gym each day to be physically active, you could try something simple, like walking!
Physical activity has been show to reduce stress, strengthen our heart and muscles, improve mood, increase our energy levels, and so much more!
For children, regular exercise is important for appropriate growth and development.
Adults require physical activity to help complete day-to-day tasks with little difficulty.
Physical activity is just as important as seniors as it is when we are young! Regular physical activity as we age helps us maintain strength, balance, and reduce the risk of falls. Weight-bearing exercises in particular, such as walking, recuse the risk of osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease that decreases the integrity of bones, making them more susceptible to fractures.
Who is at risk?
When we are young, our bones are continually restored through bodily processes, however as we age, these processes slow down. The slowing of the renewal process causes bones to become weak, and potentially resulting in osteoporosis. While it is most commonly found in elders, osteoporosis can affect people of all ages.
Osteoporosis and Menopause
A direct relationship has been found between low bone density and a lack of estrogen after menopause. After Menopause, the deterioration of bones occurs faster than the renewal, in some cases, leading to osteoporosis.
What can YOU do to decrease your risk?
By leading a healthy, active lifestyle, you can reduce your risk for developing osteoporosis.
Ensure you are consuming enough vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin D and calcium
Practice weight-bearing exercise. These can be as simples as WALKING!
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada recommends adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of at least moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity every week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Brisk walking fulfills this recommendation!
Two easy ways to consider breaking this time commitment down are:
30 minutes 5 times per week, or 50 minutes 3 times per week.
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