At a population level, healthy living refers to the practices of population groups that are consistent with supporting, improving, maintaining and/or enhancing health. As it applies to individuals, healthy living is the practice of health enhancing behaviours, or put simply, living in healthy ways. It implies the physical, mental and spiritual capacity to make healthy choices
Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives. Active people are more productive, and more likely to avoid illness and injury.
Benefits of physical activity
Physical activity helps:
healthy growth and development
prevent chronic diseases like cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease
make us stronger
give us energy
decrease stress, and
prolong independence as we get older.
Learn more about the benefits of physical activity.
Physical activity guidelines
To help Canadians move toward healthier lifestyles, the Public Health Agency of Canada supported the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) in reviewing the latest science on physical activity and in developing new physical activity guidelines.
Canada’s Physical Activity Guides, which were based on the previous guidelines, are no longer being distributed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadians are encouraged to refer to our Get Active Tip Sheets for the latest information on physical activity. For more information or tips to get moving, please visit CSEP or ParticipACTION.
Tips to get active
Being active doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many ways to make physical activity a part of daily life — at home, at school, at work, at play, and on the way.
Getting started is easier than you think. Start now and slowly increase your physical activity to meet the new recommendations. They can be met through planned exercise sessions, active forms of transportation like walking or biking, as well as recreation and sports.
Maintaining Healthy Habits
Eat well and be active today and every day!
Eating well and being active work together for a healthier you. These healthy habits may help you reduce your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis while providing many benefits such as:
Better overall health
Lower risk of disease
A healthy body weight
Feeling and looking better
Stronger muscles and bones
Steps towards better health and a healthy body weight include:
Eating the recommended amount and types of food each day.
Limiting foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt (sodium).
Being active every day.