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
- Our physical activity services and resources
Being physically active is a great way to maintain and improve your overall health. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines were developed by experts in the area of physical activity. They outline the amount and type of physical activity that offer health benefits for each age group:
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
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.
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.