Spring into action

As we begin to enjoy the spring weather, it is important for us to take advantage of the ample sunshine and warmer temperatures in an effort to remain active.

From cycling to swimming, walking to gardening, staying active is important for both our health and quality of life.

The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that adults over the age of 65 should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week.

The guidelines also recommend performing muscle and bone strengthening exercises two days per week.

Activities like brisk walking, pickleball, lawn bowling, tai chi, and gardening can boost our energy, help us manage our pain better, improve our mental health and reduce other diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Being active also helps us maintain our mobility, our independence and our bone and joint health.

The key to being and staying active is to build a routine that you can maintain over time.

Be active with a partner, spouse or a group of friends to stay socially engaged as well. Remember — you do not have to go to a gym to get the benefits of exercise. All you need is yourself and a willing attitude.

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Photo: Gardening is a great way to enjoy a beautiful sunny day while improving our mental health.

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