Healthy Active Living

Healthy Active Living

Healthy Living by APLUS Institute

Healthy, active living is extremely important for the prevention of certain chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and cancer while  improving overall quality of life.  This is best achieved through the combination of proper diet and nutrition, along with dedicating time to physical activity.  The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines set forth by the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or greater for adults.  In addition, 2 days per week should be dedicated to improving muscular and bone strength through resisted exercises.  Go for a brisk walk, participate in sports like cross-country skiing or swimming, or take a dance or aerobics class are just some excellent options. To compliment this physical activity, it becomes important to consume adequate vitamins, minerals and nutrients to provide our body with the energy it requires.  This should include a compliment of fruits, vegetables, whole-wheat grain products, dairy and low-fat meat options, while avoiding foods that are high in fat and sodium.  Think about selecting more foods from the periphery of grocery store, while limiting those found in the centre.  Don’t take your health for granted; make simple lifestyle choices and notice the difference!