Physical Activity

Being active is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Add a little physical activity to your daily routine and you’ll soon find yourself feeling more energetic and alert. As your fitness levels improve, so will your quality of life. More importantly, research shows that you’ll live longer and reduce your risk of developing a chronic disease like heart disease or diabetes.

It is recommended that adults do 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week and children do 60 minutes. 

Many people believe that only intense physical activity like going to the gym or running will improve their health. But, being active is about finding something you enjoy doing and fitting it into your daily routine.

Getting fit can be as easy as walking the dog, swimming with your family or taking your bike to work. All forms of exercise contribute to a healthy lifestyle. By building physical fitness into your daily routine you will be surprised at how effortless active living can be – and how good it can make you feel!

There are a number of ways to get active within the Western Isles – simply click on the appropriate link to find out what’s available in your area.

23½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?
View the insighting and engaging visual lecture, produced by doctor-professor Dr. Mike Evans, which discusses how physical activity has the biggest impact to health and is applicable to various health problems.

Dr. Evans is the founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.  To view visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo


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