Staying physically active is one of the best things you can do for your brain and your body. Research shows that physical activity is a strong promoter of NEUROPLASTICITY - your brain's ability to grow and form new connections. We now know that brains continue to grow, develop, and make connections no matter what age we are. Exercise boosts your brain's resilience: the ability to cope with stress and challenges and bounce back from tough times.
Regular physical activity promotes:
Staying physically active is a key part of optimal aging. Ideally all adults would be physically active (getting our heart rate up or ever breaking a sweat) at least 30 minutes 5 times a week. But the good news is you just have to move, and any kind of activity will benefit your health! Here are some ideas to help you increase your physical activity level.
Just move: Many health problems are associated with sitting for long periods of time. By getting up and moving, you can improve your heart, bone and brain health and increase longevity.
Set a SMART physical activity goal from the Ideas to Get Started list, or choose one of your own. Remember the more specific, measurable and realistic your goal, the more likely you are to succeed!
Invitation: We invite you to try out The Wellness App to track your goal over the next 4 weeks. No goal is too small and The Wellness App will encourage you along the way!
Still not sure what to do?
Learn more about the science behind physical activity in our Evidence section OR explore these links:
How exercise improves your brain's ability to resist incurable diseases
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Exercise is Medicine
Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines and Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
Evans Health Lab: 23 and 1/2 hours