Staying Active in Ottawa


How Important is Physical Activity?

So we already know that being active should be a part of our lives, but how frequently should we be active? The simple answer is EVERY DAY. Here is why it is so important:

  1. Improves flexibility, balance, and coordination.

  2. Helps you do better in school.

  3. Improves your self-esteem and confidence.

  4. Helps to maintain a healthy body weight.

  5. Improves your fitness level.

  6. Helps you grow stronger.

  7. Makes you feel happier.

  8. Pushes you to learn new skills.

  9. Improves your sleep.

  10. Improves your mental health and energy levels.

How Much Physical Activity Do I Need?

You need at least 60 minutes of heart pumping, sweat producing, hard working physical activity. 60 minutes is only 4 sets of 15 minutes! Imagine all the possibilities of four 15 minute time periods! This is where choosing your favourite activities come into play, pick the activities that you enjoy. If your destination is less than 2 kilometers away, you should consider walking. Trips under 7 km are the perfect biking paths. Check out our cycling page for all the information you need!



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