Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults

Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults

For adults, ages 18-64, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends the following guidelines.

Physical Activity Guidelines

  • 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intense aerobic physical activity every week in bouts of 10 minutes or more
    • Try to add muscle and bone strengthening activities at least 2 days per week
  • What type of activities should children and youth be doing?
  • Moderate Intensity Physical Activities
    • Brisk Walking
    • Bike Riding
    • Aqua exercises
  • Vigorous Intensity Physical Activities
    • Jogging
    • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Download Full PDF: Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults

What are the benefits?

  • Reduces the risk of
    • Heart disease
    • Stroke
    • High blood pressure
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Osteoporosis
  • Improved fitness
  • Improved strength
  • Improved Mental Health
  • Decreased stress (mental and physical)
  • Decreased Musculoskeletal pain

Improving Physical Activity for Adults

Join a weekday community running or walking group, go for a brisk walk around the block after dinner or try a new sport! Don’t sit at your desk during your lunch/coffee break, get outdoors an d get your body moving. Remember that a 10 minute bout has a significant positive impact on your health Let’s get moving! There are so many ways to get some physical activity, you just have to put your mind to it and you’re off!

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