While your job may be tiring and you may feel like you are getting enough exercise in your day, you still might not be meeting the current recommendations for physical activity. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recommends:
- children (1 - 4 years): at least 180 minutes of any intense activity spread throughout the day
- children/youth (5 - 17 yrs): at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per day
- adults (18 and over): at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more; ideally, at least 2 days per week of muscle and bone strengthening activities
Moderate to vigorous activity means that your heart rate increases and your body begins to sweat. If you are already active during your work day, see if there are opportunities to increase the intensity of your movements (ie. walk faster, take the stairs, etc). You can also try adding the muscle and bone strengthening activities if you are already getting enough cardiovascular exercise.
If you aren't meeting the CSEP recommendations for activity, NOW is the time to start. Start slowly and work your way up to 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per week. Your body will thank you for it!