Get an active edge
People of all ages should spend time each day being physically active. The recommended level of activity and length of time you are active depends on your health and fitness goals.
Goal: Reduce your risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. Improve mental well-being and reduce feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.
Participate in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week. This is in addition to your usual daily activities.
Most people can achieve even greater health benefits by engaging in more vigorous physical activity or by being physically active for a longer time.
Goal: Manage your weight and prevent the gradual weight gain that can happen as you age.
For weight loss, participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity each day, while not consuming more calories than your body needs. Remember to speak with your healthcare provider before participating in this level of activity. This is especially important if you are just starting to become more active.
Goal: Reduce the decline in mobility that happens with aging and maintain independent living later in life.
Participate in regular physical activities that you enjoy, at a level suitable for your age and ability. For example, walking more is often a safe and easy way to get started.
Children and adolescents
Goal: Improve physical fitness and promote energy balance to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week while reducing the amount of time spent in sedentary activities.