Physical Activity

“Physical activity is all movements in everyday life, including work, recreation, exercise, and sporting activities…” 

New Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Released
Children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day and adults 150 minutes per week

January 24, 2011 – The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) today announced new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. The new guidelines state children (5-11 years) and youth (12-17 years) require at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity activity per day while adults (18-64 years) and older adults (65 years and older) must get at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per week. Importantly, Canadians should try and exceed the minimum activity thresholds as the greater the variety, intensity and duration of the physical activity, the greater the health benefit.

“The new Physical Activity Guidelines provide a minimum target to gain substantial heath benefits. Currently, only 9 per cent of boys and 4 per cent of girls accumulate 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day,” says Dr. Mark Tremblay, Chair of the Physical Activity Guidelines Committee of the CSEP. “Canadians must add more physical activity to their daily routines to promote and preserve their health and well-being.”

These guidelines are the result of over four years of research analysis funded by several groups including the Public Health Agency of Canada. They provide clear and concise instructions and tips for Canadians to achieve required levels of physical activity.



Highland Region Contacts:

Gerard MacIsaac Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness  863-7380   
 Eric Lumsden  Regional Physical Activity Coordinator 863-7395 Facebook
 Rae Gunn  Active Pictou County 485-4372 Facebook
 Shirlyn Aker  Antigonish County Physical Activity Coordinator   863-1141  
 Jeff Myers  Guysborough Physical Activity Coordinator 533-3705 ext 240 Facebook
 Emily Morton  St Mary’s Physical Activity Coordinator 522-2598 Facebook
Heather Brennan Mulgrave Physical Activity Coordinator 747-2243  
Andrea Donovan Guysborough Antigonish Active Living Network 867-4500 ext 4805