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  • Exercice

    It’s important to be active to have a healthy body and mind. So many of us sit down for most of the day to work at a computer, drive our cars, watch TV, or play video games. But we can learn to take every opportunity to ensure our bodies and minds get the activity they need.

    Benefits of exercise

    The more you move, the better you feel. Plus, regular exercise can:

    • Minimize the effects of aging.
    • Improve your body image and self-esteem.
    • Decrease symptoms of depression.
    • Reduce the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and help control these diseases.
    • Reduce the loss of bone mass, which in turn decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
    • Improve posture and balance, which reduces back pain and the risk of falling.
    • Speed up your return to normal activities after an illness or surgery.
    • Help you control your weight.
    • Promote relaxation.

    Exercise recommendations

    To get back into or stay in shape, the recommended amount of exercise is at least 30 minutes every day, or almost every day, at a moderate intensity. “Moderate intensity” means exercise that makes you somewhat out of breath. Can’t work out for 30 minutes at a time? Break up your exercise into 10-minute sessions. You’ll be surprised at the combined effect of these short periods of activity. Don’t think you’ll have the time or energy to work out? You don’t have to block off time at the end of your busy day to get your daily dose of exercise. Simply boost your energy throughout the day with a few sessions of 10 minutes each. For example, during your breaks you can go for a walk with your coworkers. If you have health problems, consult your doctor before starting an exercise program. Exercise professionals can help you choose and plan activities that are appropriate for your physical condition. Get moving close to home You can try many sports and recreation activities either indoors or outdoors, by yourself, as a family, or with friends!

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