Physical Activity in Adults

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Adults can build physical activity into three areas of their lives:

  • At work
  • During leisure time
  • Getting around (during transportation)

How much physical activity?

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults state that "Adults aged 18-64 years should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes of more. It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week. More physical activity provides greater health benefits."

How much sedentary behaviour?

While formal sedentary guidelines for adults have not been developed yet, research suggests that after sitting for 60 minutes, we should get up, stretch and move for at least 1-3 minutes.

Physical activity at work

Adults spend so much of their time at work, and lead very such lives outside of work where physical activity often takes a back seat to everything else. If they can't be active during their work day, they may not be active at all.

As well, prolonged, unbroken time spent sitting is common in many workplaces, across all staff levels (i.e., front line staff, supervisors, management, etc.). Advances in technology in recent decades have contributed to an increased amount of time spent sitting at work. Everyone has reasons that influence how much sitting they do each day.

The amount of activity people get during their workday is the joint responsibility of employees and their employers. For more information about promoting and supporting physical activity at work, please go to the Project Health website.

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