Healthy Lifestyle

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Physical Activity

Regular physical activity improves your health and well-being. It has benefits for all ages and abilities including reducing your risk of developing many chronic diseases, increasing your energy, increasing your self esteem, and improving your sleep.

We want to help you and your family to be physically active every day by providing information about:

  • Getting active and moving more
  • Walking
  • Our physical activity services and resources

Getting Active and Moving More

ExpandCanadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

The Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines provides recommendations for Canadian children and youth on limiting inactive behaviour during "free" time.

In order to reduce health risks, children and youth should:

  • Use active modes of transportation-walk instead of drive
  • Limit the amount of time that they spend sitting
  • Spend time outside and limit time spent in front of screens
  • Limiting recreational screen time to no more than 2 hours per day

The  Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines can be paired with the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines for the same age to help you and your family plan to be active very day.

Physical activity, as part of a healthy lifestyle, offers a range of benefits for all ages and abilities. Following the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and the Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines will:

  • promote growth and development in young people
  • help you achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • improve self-esteem, sleeping habits and relaxation
  • lower your chance of developing health issues

ExpandActive Pregnancy Resource

All pregnant women should talk to their doctor or midwife before beginning any type of physical activity program.  Exercise has great benefits for both women and their babies. It can help pregnant women feel better, prepare their body for child birth and even reduce recovery time.   

The Active Pregnancy resource, available in English and French, provides guidelines and information for pregnant women to exercise safely. It has information and pictures to help guide women through pre- and post-pregnancy exercises.

A free helpline offered by Motherisk is also available to women who have questions about exercising while pregnant.

Walking

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Getting Started

Walking is one activity that can help you achieve benefits in your health. It is easy to do and can be done by people of all ages. Find out more health benefits and information of walking in the website.

Physical Activity Services and Resources

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Services

Toronto Public Health can help you start a community walking group in your agency or workplace.
We provide training and resources to ESL teachers to teach students about the benefits of walking.

Join the movement. Bike. Walk. Play. activeTO.ca

Resources

Toronto Public Health can provide you ideas and resources on how to get active at home, community or at school.