This Version Posted: September 14, 2021

Physical activity is extremely important for maintaining our physical and mental health.  

It has been difficult to be active due to the pandemic and cancellation of sports teams and activities, but back-to-school means back to a daily routine. Physical activity is an essential part of anyone’s routine and should account for one hour of your day.

When it comes to exercise, activity levels can range from low – high intensity, so there’s an option for everyone no matter your age, abilities, shape, or size. For example:

  • Low-intensity activities = walking, yoga, swimming, light weights, casual cycling.
  • Moderate-intensity activities = brisk walking, hiking, rollerblading, dancing, tennis, badminton.
  • High-intensity activities = running, skipping, heavy weightlifting and sports such as soccer, basketball, football, hockey and skiing.

Physical activity keeps your learning skills sharp, strengthens your bones and muscles, and reduces the risk of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Regularly moving your body also helps prevent physical health problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and many types of cancer.